Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri during a legislative session in Beirut, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Speaker Nabih Berri Tuesday condemned excuses by lawmakers to disrupt legislative sessions under the pretext of a presidential void as well as some MPs flip-flopping on the public sector wage hike bill.Berri took advantage of the lack of quorum during the legislative session, which was scheduled to resume discussion on the new salary scale, to address lawmakers and clarify his stance on the boycott of Parliament. Christian lawmakers and ministers refuse to attend Parliament or participate in Cabinet sessions except to discuss urgent issues.While vowing not to approve any bill that would hurt the ailing economy, Berri said MPs were able to cover the draft law's expenditures.Berri said lawmakers agreed to most of the items on the agenda.
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