Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Parliament session in Beirut, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The presidential battle gathers steam this week, with Speaker Nabih Berri to begin consultations with heads of parliamentary blocs aimed at securing a quorum for a Parliament session to elect a new president, political sources said Monday.The committee, comprising MPs Ali Osseiran, Michel Moussa and Yassine Jaber, will present its findings to Berri within 10 days, as the speaker consults with heads of parliamentary blocs on a suitable date for a Parliament session to elect a new president, the source said.Lebanon Tuesday begins the two-month constitutional deadline for Parliament to elect a new president. In addition to leaders of parliamentary blocs on both sides of the political divide, Berri is also expected to consult with Patriarch Beshara Rai, the head of the Maronite Church, which usually has a major say in the election of a new president. Berri said the three-member committee would work in tandem with his own consultation to ensure the presidential vote is held on time.
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