Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, left, receives Patriarch Beshara Rai in Beirut, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai has launched an effort focused on extending President Michel Sleiman's mandate to avoid a power vacuum in Lebanon.Rai suggested extending Sleiman's term by one year if lawmakers failed to elect a new president by May 25, when Sleiman's term expires, the sources added.Berri did not promise Rai anything, the sources said.Diplomatic sources in Rome said Rai was seeking to market Sleiman's extension while visiting the Italian capital.
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