File - Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri drinks water as he heads a Parliament session in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday defended his push for a legislative session to pass urgent draft laws in the face of a possible boycott by the country's main Christian parties over an electoral law proposal, by stressing that the National Pact on power sharing should not be used as a tool for obstruction.Berri's move came a day after Parliament's Secretariat approved an agenda of 40 draft laws that excluded an electoral law proposal, a divisive issue that could torpedo the legislative session.An electoral law and a citizenship draft law are major demands of the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces, which have linked their participation in any legislative session to adding these two draft laws to the agenda. The LF has criticized the exclusion of an electoral law from the agenda of the upcoming legislative session.Joreisati was firm in saying that Berri would not convene a legislative session in the absence of the largest Christian parties.However, Berri, in an apparent response to a possible boycott of the legislative session by the FPM and the LF, said the National Pact's requirements on equal power sharing between Muslims and Christians should not be used as a tool to obstruct Parliament's work.
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