Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri shakes hands with PSP leader Walid Jumblatt as MP Marwan Hamadeh looks on at Hariri's residence in Beirut, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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With a new session to elect a president Tuesday doomed to fail over a lack of quorum in the 10th aborted attempt in four months, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri came out in support of the extension of Parliament's mandate should the presidential impasse drag on.Hariri's remarks came shortly after he met with MP Walid Jumblatt, who was accompanied by Health Minister Wael Abu Faour, Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb and MPs from his parliamentary bloc.Jumblatt, head of the Progressive Socialist Party, praised Hariri's return, saying his presence was key to resolving Lebanon's big problems and underlining the path of national moderate Islam established by his slain father former premier Rafik Hariri and reinforced by his son.With Tuesday's Parliament session destined to fail to elect a new president, Berri is expected to call for another session, the 11th since April.MP Ammar Houri from the Future Movement blamed the March 8 lawmakers' persistent boycott of Parliament sessions for the presidential stalemate that has paralyzed Parliament legislation and is threatening to cripple the government's work.Hezbollah MP Ali Fayyad reiterated the March 8 demand for accord on a conciliatory president as a condition for breaking the deadlock.Hezbollah has so far kept mum on Hariri's return to Lebanon.
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