Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks during an Iftar held at BIEL in Beirut, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Speaker Nabih Berri, due to lingering differences among parliamentary blocs, Tuesday ruled out a legislative session this week to pass draft laws on extra-budgetary spending to pay civil servants' salaries and to authorize the government to issue Eurobonds.Prime Minister Tammam Salam, meanwhile, warned that the situation was deteriorating as a result of attempts to paralyze the roles of Parliament and the Cabinet amid the presidential vacuum. Berri was quoted as saying that if the parliamentary Future bloc's answer was positive, he would call for a Parliament meeting either next week before a session scheduled to elect a president on July 23 or after it.March 14 MPs and lawmakers from the Free Patriotic Movement have boycotted legislative sessions, arguing that during presidential void, they would only attend legislative sessions aimed at passing urgent bills. For his part, Salam warned that the situation in the country was deteriorating as a result of the disruption of the roles of Parliament and the Cabinet amid the vacancy in the presidency.
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