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Sleiman, Rai discuss presidential election

President Michel Sleiman, right, receives Patriarch Beshara Rai in Baabda, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai discussed the latest developments concerning the presidential election Thursday following an abortive Parliament session to elect a new president a day earlier.

The two held talks at Baabda Palace concerning a range of national issues, at the top of which was the presidential election.

Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday adjourned the Parliament session to elect a new president to May 15 after only 73 MPs showed up, preventing a quorum for the third time in less than a month.

Sleiman’s mandate expires May 25, by which time Parliament must elect a new president or else there will be a vacuum.

The president also met with Future Movement MP Ammar Houry as well as former MPs and ministers and discussed the latest developments and political files.





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