Telecoms Minister Boutros Harb and MP Dory Chamoun hold a press conference at Parliament in Beirut, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Although key Christian parties are split over next week's session on the extension of Parliament's mandate, a majority of lawmakers are widely expected to endorse the controversial move in a bid to prevent the country from sinking into further political chaos.Lawmakers from the Kataeb Party and the Lebanese Forces will attend Wednesday's legislative session and vote against a draft proposal to extend Parliament's mandate for two years and seven months, officials from the two parties said Friday. "All Christian lawmakers will attend to ensure the constitutionality of the session as demanded by Speaker Nabih Berri," he said. He added that only Marada Movement leader MP Sleiman Frangieh's bloc would vote for the extension proposal, in addition to independent Christian MPs and Christian MPs from the Future Movement, Berri's bloc and MP Walid Jumblatt's bloc. Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra said that the party's eight lawmakers would attend the session, but no decision had been taken yet on whether to vote for or against the extension proposal. Aoun's bloc had opposed and challenged the first extension of Parliament's mandate for 17 months in May last year.
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