Christians carry a statue of Our Lady of Fatima as they exit the Lebanese Parliament building during a procession in downtown Beirut, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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BEIRUT: With lawmakers failing to elect a president 24 times over the past year, Parliament chose another way Tuesday to help ease the deadlock: prayers.Political differences were blurred during the event, with MPs Ibrahim Kanaan and Hikmat Dib from Michel Aoun's bloc, Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra and MP Michel Musa from Speaker Nabih Berri's bloc all carrying the statue into Parliament.The four lawmakers, however, said they were not informed of the Mass ahead of time. But some MPs who carried the statue, including Dib and Kanaan, are among lawmakers who are boycotting Parliament sessions to elect a president, stripping them of quorum. Lawmakers who attended the prayers in Parliament voiced their hope that it would be a positive sign heralding the end of the presidential deadlock.
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