Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri casts his vote to elect the new Lebanese president in the parliament building in downtown Beirut April 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Joseph Eid/Pool)
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Speaker Nabih Berri voiced fear Lebanon would be plunged into a power vacuum in light of sharp divisions between the country's major coalitions over the presidential election.Earlier this week, several March 8 coalition lawmakers boycotted the second round of the presidential election in Parliament, forcing Berri to reschedule the third session for Wednesday.While the March 14 coalition has repeatedly affirmed its support for Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, the March 8 alliance is trying to pressuring their rivals to agree on a consensus candidate. Berri also described MP Walid Jumblatt as the kingmaker in the country, as his support tips the balance in favor of one of the coalitions.
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