Speaker Nabih Berri, right, receives France's Ambassador to Lebanon Patrice Paoli in Beirut, Friday, June 6, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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A new Parliament session next week to elect a president is not expected to be held for lack of a quorum, while another session to discuss the public sector's salary scale draft law hangs in the balance as parliamentary blocs remain split over proposed taxes to fund the increases, political sources said Friday.Parliament has failed in five attempts to choose a successor to former President Michel Sleiman after his six-year term ended on May 25, due to a lack of the two-thirds quorum (86) of the legislature's 128 members required to begin the session.Lawmakers from MP Michel Aoun's parliamentary Change and Reform bloc, Hezbollah and its March 8 allies have foiled a quorum by boycotting the sessions, in a clear bid to pressure their March 14 rivals into agreement beforehand on a consensus candidate for the presidency. MP Simon Abi Ramia from Aoun's bloc said the bloc's participation in Tuesday's Parliament session had yet to be decided.Christian parties and lawmakers have pledged to boycott Parliament sessions while the presidency seat was vacant, arguing that the legislature's priority should be to elect a president.
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