FPM leader Michel Aoun leaves after a meeting with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun Tuesday ruled out the possibility of holding parliamentary elections, sending the strongest signal yet that the extension of Parliament's mandate has become a foregone conclusion.Speaker Nabih Berri said he would call a session to extend Parliament's term in the first week of next month. Political sources said lawmakers are expected to debate and endorse a draft proposal presented by Zahle MP Nicolas Fattoush that calls for the extension of Parliament's term for two years and seven months to make it a full four-year mandate after lawmakers, citing security concerns, extended the House's term for 17 months in May 2013 . Berri, who met separately Tuesday with Aoun and Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan, said he informed the two men of his position.Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan said after meeting Berri that lawmakers were left with the choice of either extending Parliament's mandate or facing a parliamentary vacuum.Kataeb Party MP Sami Gemayel rejected the extension of Parliament's term.
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