MPs joke as they arrive at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Mirroring the outcome of the previous session, Parliament failed to elect a president this week once again, with most March 8 MPs absent, preventing a quorum.MPs Ziad Aswad and Simon Abi Ramia were among the few lawmakers from Michel Aoun's bloc who showed up but did not head to the General Assembly Hall.Aswad headed to the Parliament's pressroom where he and Abi Ramia made comments to OTV, a television station affiliated with Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement.Most the MPs who came to the gathering left Parliament once the event was over.Attending the session to elect a president were most March 14 MPs along with lawmakers from Jumblatt's bloc. MPs headed to the General Assembly, greeting each other and chatting, waiting for Berri to adjourn the session. Some even left before Berri's decision, such as Future Movement MP Bahia Hariri and MP Marwan Fares, from Berri's bloc.Present were 75 MPs only, with the session requiring at least 86 out of Parliament's 128 MPs to kick off.
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