MPs during a parliamentary session to elect a new president, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Parliament Thursday failed in its fourth attempt to hold the second round of the presidential election, with Speaker Nabih Berri adjourning the session to May 22, only three days before President Michel Sleiman is scheduled to step down.Like the previous voting session, MPs representing the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance boycotted and thwarted a quorum, insisting that a compromise be reached on a consensus candidate before another vote is held.MP Sami Gemayel blamed Berri for the delays, saying the speaker should have called for daily sessions until Parliament elected a new president.After this session, it is not necessary for Berri to call on lawmakers to convene for the election of a new head of state because the Constitution requires Parliament to enter an electoral session 10 days before the expiration of the current president's term.Prior to the session, Berri held separate meetings with MP Ibrahim Kanaan, from Michel Aoun's Change and Reform parliamentary bloc, Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt and Prime Minister Tammam Salam.
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