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Jumblatt bloc to attend Thursday's election session

PSP leader Walid Jumblatt, right, listens as MP Henri Helou speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Druze leader Walid Jumblatt’s bloc will attend a parliamentary session Thursday intended to elect a new president, a senior member of the coalition said.

The Democratic Gathering bloc will also attend Wednesday’s session to discuss a letter from President Michel Sleiman urging the legislature to elect a new president, MP Henri Helou said.

“We must all respect the principles of the constitution and agree to confront the month-long obstruction of the presidential election,” Helou told reporters. “Subsequently, there is no solution except dialogue.”

“We have an opportunity until the end of the week to make this election Lebanese,” he added.

Helou, who was nominated for the presidency by Jumblatt’s bloc earlier this month, was speaking to reporters after a meeting that included Jumblatt, his son Taymour, MP Marwan Hamade and Health Minister Wael Abu Faour.

President Sleiman’s six-year term ends on May 25. Parliament has repeatedly failed to elect a new president in successive legislative sessions.

 

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