Lawmakers attend a Parliament session in Beirut, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Parliament voted Wednesday to extend its mandate by an additional two years and seven months, as protesters rallied downtown to denounce the extension.Sources told The Daily Star that 95 MPs voted in favor of the extension, while two opposed.But the extension law was coupled with a provisional clause promising a parliamentary vote after the election of a president, in which case Parliament's term would be shortened. The vote was boycotted by the Change and Reform bloc, led by MP Michel Aoun.Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, a member of Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement, slammed the session as a "holdup of Parliament". Wednesday's vote was the second time the current lawmakers, elected in 2009 ostensibly to four-year terms, extend their mandate.LF lawmakers ended up voting in favor of the extension, because they considered it a national duty, MP Strida Geagea, speaking on behalf of the party, told reporters after the vote.
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