The Future bloc held their weekly meeting on Monday, May 26, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra,HO)
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As the international community Monday pressed Lebanese politicians to keep state institutions functional despite the presidential void, Christian groups stood firm on the stance that Parliament should only hold the election.Salam and several Future Movement ministers have repeatedly stated that the Cabinet could fill the void if Parliament failed to elect a new head of state before President Michel Sleiman's term ends on May 25 .Gemayel told Kuwaiti daily Assiyasah in comments published Monday that the government was deficient in the absence of a president.For their part, Aoun's Change and Reform bloc said that in light of the presidential void legislative work goes against the National Pact and constitutional texts. Following the weekly meeting of the parliamentary bloc, former Labor Minister Selim Jreissati argued that the priority for Parliament was to elect a new president, according to constitutional texts.
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