Prime Minister Tammam Salam, center, speaks with Minister Elias Bou Saab at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Parliament's failure in two separate sessions this week to elect a new president and discuss the public sector's controversial salary scale bill due to a lack of quorum serves the goal of disrupting constitutional institutions and widening the gap between the March 8 and March 14 camps and even among allies, political sources said Tuesday.Following the vacancy in the presidency and the deliberate disruption of six Parliament sessions to choose a successor to former President Michel Sleiman, including Tuesday's session over the wage hike bill which failed to convene over a lack of quorum, the threat of obstruction might spread to Prime Minister Tammam Salam's Cabinet, the sources said. In this context, the sources said differences between the March 8 and March 14 parties have emerged mainly over the presidential election and the salary scale bill.With regard to the presidential election, Parliament sessions called by Speaker Nabih Berri since April 23 to elect a president have been scuttled over a lack of a two-thirds quorum (86) of the legislature's 128 members, the sources said.
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