Lawmakers trade jokes in Parliament after Berri postpones a voting session to elect a new president Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday postponed a seventh session to elect a new president for Lebanon as the rival political parties, who have not agreed on a consensus candidate to replace former President Michel Sleiman, failed to secure the needed quorum.Berri has called seven failed sessions since April, all of which have been boycotted by Free Patriotic Movement Michel Aoun and his allies, citing lack of agreement on a consensus president.The Future parliamentary bloc again blamed the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition for disrupting the voting sessions.Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt, who arrived in Paris Tuesday, will miss the voting session due to his work schedule.Future Movement sources denied that Hariri and Jumblatt would discuss the possibility of supporting a consensus presidential candidate.
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