Speaker Nabih Berri reads in Parliament a letter from President Michel Sleiman urging MPs to elect a new president, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/ Mohammad Azakir)
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A legislative session set for midday Monday is doomed to fail to elect a new president for Lebanon over lack of agreement on a compromise candidate.Berri said the session would be held on schedule at noon.The presidential vacuum has already paralyzed Parliament's legislation and is threatening government work, as the Cabinet remains split over how to exercise full executive powers, including the president's prerogatives, during the presidential void.Berri, according to visitors, said he received assurances that FPM lawmakers and Walid Jumblatt's parliamentary bloc would attend Tuesday's legislative session set to vote on the public sector salary scale.
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