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Berri, Jumblatt suspend initiativeAn 11th attempt to elect a new president was torpedoed Tuesday and was replaced by a "rescue" initiative announced by the March 14 coalition that did not carry anything new.For his part, Speaker Nabih Berri said he has halted a joint initiative launched with MP Walid Jumblatt to break the presidential election impasse. Salam said he will convene a Cabinet meeting to continue discussions on the financial situation in light of the ministers' observations on Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil's report.As-Safir, however, has learned that MPs from the March 8 coalition, the Free Patriotic Movement and MP Walid Jumblatt will stress during the Cabinet session that a deal to swap the captive soldiers for Roumieh-held Islamist prisoners is out of the question.
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