File - Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri casts his vote to elect the new Lebanese president in the parliament building in downtown Beirut April 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Joseph Eid/Pool)
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The Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition is teaming up in a bid to foil attempts to extend Parliament's mandate, a move that is gaining momentum, amid fears of a prolonged presidential vacuum and security concerns about holding parliamentary elections scheduled in November.Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, whose parliamentary Change and Reform bloc opposed last year's extension of Parliament's term, vowed Wednesday to vote against a new extension.Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea also came out opposing a proposal to extend Parliament's mandate for more than two years.Hezbollah MPs who attended the meeting in Ain al-Tineh said the party had not taken a final decision on the extension of Parliament's term, but said they supported Berri's stance in rejecting the extension.Berri's stance flies in the face of the prevailing political attitude, which views a second extension of Parliament's term as nearly inevitable.Hariri and former premier Fouad Siniora said they supported a new extension of Parliament's term in the event a new president could not be elected.MP Walid Jumblatt was also reported to be supporting a limited extension of Parliament's mandate.
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