Siniora reveals the March 14 coalition’s new initiative at the Parliament in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The March 14 coalition offered Tuesday to strike a deal with its March 8 rivals on a consensus candidate for the presidency, in the latest attempt to break the deadlock that has left Lebanon with no president for more than three months.However, the initiative was swiftly dismissed by MP Michel Aoun's bloc as an "old and meaningless initiative," while Speaker Nabih Berri said it offered nothing new. The March 14 initiative was announced shortly after Parliament failed for the 11th time to elect a new president over a lack of quorum, prompting Berri to postpone the session until Sept. 23 . Lawmakers from Aoun's parliamentary Change and Reform bloc, Hezbollah's bloc and its March 8 allies have thwarted a quorum by consistently boycotting parliamentary sessions, demanding an agreement beforehand with their March 14 rivals over a consensus candidate.On the March 14 initiative to break the presidential impasse, Berri said: "It is not new because Dr. Samir Geagea had proposed it last June.
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