Future bloc MPs attend a meeting in Beirut, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Future Bloc MPs called Wednesday for giving priority to electing a new president over holding the parliamentary elections, arguing that the bloc supported extending Parliament's term only to facilitate the presidential election and avert a total vacuum.MP Samir Jisr said the Cabinet decree calling on the electorate to vote in parliamentary elections scheduled for November was "a right step". "(Future) leader Saad Hariri's backing of the extension of Parliament's mandate is not absolute, it is only meant to facilitate the election of a new president of the republic," Jisr added.His colleague, MP Jean Ogassapian, warned against setting a precedent of having constitutional institutions function under prolonged presidential vacuum.
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