Speaker Nabih Berri receives MPs George Adwan and Ibrahim Kanaan at his Ain Al-Tineh residence Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament website, HO)
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However, the 38 draft laws listed on the agenda excluded an electoral draft proposal, a major demand of the FPM and the LF.In the face of the FPM and LF's opposition to the upcoming sessions, Berri, who chaired a meeting of his parliamentary bloc, reiterated Monday that the sessions would go ahead as scheduled.LF lawmaker George Adwan and MP Ibrahim Kanaan from Aoun's parliamentary Change and Reform bloc jointly met with Berri Monday in an attempt to convince him to add an electoral draft law to the agenda.However, Berri told Adwan and Kanaan that it was impossible to add an electoral law to the agenda, parliamentary sources in the LF and the FPM said.Speaking to reporters after meeting Berri at Ain al-Tineh, both Kanaan and Adwan warned that violation of the National Pact on partnership would threaten the Lebanese entity. They said that a Parliament session in the absence of the FPM and the LF would run contrary to the National Pact. "We fear that the violation of the National Pact would pave the way for future violations, thus threatening all the political components, particularly the Lebanese entity".For his part, Adwan said the Lebanese faced two dangers: a banking and financial danger if the required draft laws were not approved by Parliament, and another danger which is probably bigger: Respecting the National Pact's requirements on Muslim-Christian partnership and sectarian coexistence.
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