The counting of votes during the presidential election session at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lawmakers started arriving in Parliament Thursday morning, as futility shadowed the parliamentary vote for a new president with a majority of March 8 lawmakers expected to boycott the session again.Around 70 lawmakers were present around Parliament at the scheduled noon start of the session, however it is not expected that all of the MPs will go into the actual session. A platform was set up outside of Parliament for lawmakers to criticize those MPs boycotting the session. Speaker Nabih Berri has said that from this point, he will call Parliament into session at anytime that a quorum is reached.Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, following the session from his Maarab residence, criticized Aoun's MPs for boycotting the vote and said his March 14 coalition has no backup solution to the failure of Parliament in electing a new head of state.
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