Prime Minister Tammam Salam holds talks with Russian Foreign Minister Serge Lavrov in New York on Sept. 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/ Dalati&Nohra, HO)
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The majority of lawmakers, including Christian parties from the March 14 coalition, are expected to endorse an extension of Parliament's mandate next week, political sources said.The Kataeb Party and the Lebanese Forces, which have previously rejected extension, are expected to support it, the sources told The Daily Star Thursday. The issue over the extension of Parliament's mandate is expected to be raised during a rare parliamentary legislative session set to convene next Wednesday, according to the sources.According to the mechanism expected to be followed during the legislative session, once Parliament's lawmakers have finished debating draft laws on the agenda, Zahle MP Nicolas Fattoush would ask Speaker Nabih Berri to present to the General Assembly an urgent draft law he submitted that calls for extending Parliament's term for two years and seven months, the sources said.Any session held to extend Parliament's term would not require a two-thirds quorum but an absolute majority, the sources said.The sources said that a meeting is also set to take place soon between Berri and Siniora.
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