Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a session of the national dialogue at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Speaker Nabih Berri vowed Sunday to proceed with a crucial Parliament meeting this week to pass urgent draft laws, defying a possible boycott by the country's three leading Christian parties over the exclusion of an electoral draft law from the agenda.Berri, who has called for two legislative sessions Thursday and Friday to endorse urgent draft laws, including the World Bank's $600 million in soft loans, said he would convene Parliament if the required quorum of 65 lawmakers was secured, whether the main Christian parties attended or not.Officials from the FPM and the LF have signaled that their MPs would not attend the first legislative sessions to be held in more than a year, mainly because an electoral draft law was not included on the agenda.Rai's stance came a day after talks on the upcoming legislative sessions with Geagea and MP Ibrahim Kanaan, who was delegated by Aoun.
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