MPs attend the presidential election session at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Parliament Tuesday failed to elect a new president over a lack of quorum, prompting Speaker Nabih Berri to postpone the session to Oct. 9 .The repeated failure to elect a president coincided with serious moves by rival blocs to convene Parliament in a legislative session next week to endorse urgent draft laws, including the public sector's long-awaited salary scale bill.Only 58 lawmakers, mainly from the March 14 coalition, Berri's bloc and MP Walid Jumblatt's bloc, of the 128-member Parliament showed up at Tuesday's election session, well below the two-thirds (86) majority required to convene the session.Lawmakers from MP Michel Aoun's Change and Reform parliamentary bloc, Hezbollah's bloc and its March 8 allies have foiled a quorum since April by consistently boycotting Parliament sessions, demanding an agreement beforehand with their March 14 rivals over a consensus candidate. LF MP George Adwan also slammed the March 8 parties for boycotting Tuesday's session.Although Christian MPs in both the March 8 and March 14 camps have opposed legislative sessions in the absence of a president, they said they were ready to attend sessions to address only important issues.
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