Gemayel holds talks with Christian lawmakers.
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A major political confrontation loomed over a contested Parliament session Wednesday to endorse urgent draft laws after the country's main Christian parties stood firm on their rejection of the session, while Speaker Nabih Berri, backed by the Future Movement, Hezbollah and other Christian leaders, pledged to proceed with it.Spearheading the Christian campaign against the exclusion of an electoral draft law from the agenda, MP Michel Aoun warned against holding the session without the three leading Christian parties, threatening to take "strong and firm" measures to stop it. Aoun told a news conference after chairing a weekly meeting of his parliamentary Change and Reform bloc at his residence in Rabieh, north of Beirut. He was referring to the expected boycott of the session by the three leading Christian parties, the FPM, the Lebanese Forces and the Kataeb Party. Aoun did not say what these measures were, but sources said the FPM, the LF and the Kataeb Party would decide during a meeting to be held Tuesday night to declare a general strike in all Christian areas until Berri cancels the Parliament session.
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