Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a session at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Quorum for this week's legislative session to discuss the controversial public sector wage hike will be secured, political sources told The Daily Star Saturday, as Education Minister Elias Bou Saab pleads with lawmakers to avert a crisis.Lawmakers with the March 8 group including MP Michel Aoun's Change ad Reform bloc will attend the session along with MP Walid Jumblatt's bloc, securing needed quorum for the session, the sources said. Earlier in the day, Bou Saab made a plea to Lebanese lawmakers to attend this week's Parliament session and approve the wage hike, remaining adamant on holding official exams despite the teachers' boycott.Speaking to reporters after meeting a delegation from the Private Educational Institutions Federation, Bou said Change and Reform bloc lawmakers would attend Tuesday's legislative session and that he would resume his contacts with the various blocs to convince them of the need to secure quorum. Bou Saab met with Speaker Nabih Berri Friday and said he would hold talks with the head of the Future bloc Fouad Siniora as well as members from the Lebanese Forces and Kataeb Party blocs.He also said that MP Michel Aoun's Change and Reform bloc would attend the session.
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