President Michel Sleiman and First Lady Wafaa wave to the staff at the Presidential Palace and to reporters as they prepare to leave the presidential residence of Baabda. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Outgoing President Michel Sleiman called Saturday for constitutional reforms that would expand the authority of the president as he bid farewell to the Lebanese after six years in office.Sleiman also said that Parliament should place urgent draft laws rejected by the president and sent back to Parliament on the latter's first session to be held thereafter.The president also said that he would sign a decree that calls on Parliament to hold an extraordinary session to address a new draft law for the parliamentary elections set for November and the controversial salary scale draft law. Sleiman also hailed the efforts of the International Support Group for Lebanon, established in New York last year, to help the country cope with the Syrian refugee crisis and enhance Lebanon's military capacities.Sleiman took office on May 25, 2008, and presided over the country through one of its darkest and most trying periods since the Civil War.
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