Protesters carry a sign ugring judges convening at the Constitutional Council headquarters in Hadath to accept a challenge against the extension of Parliament's term on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/khalil hassan)
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The Constitutional Council began preliminary discussions Friday about the legality of the recent extension of Parliament's mandate, while protesters rallied outside the council building in Beirut to demand the annulment of the extension.No statement was issued after the 10-member council's meeting, chaired by its President Issam Suleiman. Lawmakers from the March 8 and March 14 blocs and independent MPs voted earlier this month to extend Parliament's mandate by two years and seven months by a 95-2 margin, prompting the Free Patriotic Movement, whose MPs had boycotted the vote, to file a challenge against the extension with the Constitutional Council.The Constitutional Council failed twice to convene last year to look into challenges to Parliament's first extension of its mandate for 17 months.
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