Speaker Nabih Berri speaks at his Ain el-Tineh residence in Beirut on Saturday, August 31, 2013. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Parliamentary elections should not take place without the existence of a president, Speaker Nabih Berri said Wednesday, calling for the participation of all parties as a pre-requisite for elections."If a president is elected and a new electoral law is approved, then parliamentary elections can be held immediately," Berri told visiting lawmakers Wednesday. Reiterating his opposition to an extension of Parliament's mandate, Berri cautioned that elections should only be held if major blocs promise not to boycott them, and after the election of a new president. The last parliamentary election was held in June 2009 in which the legislatures were voted in ostensibly for four-year terms.
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