Speaker Nabih Berri surrounded by lawmakers ahead of a legislative session at Nejmeh Square, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Parliament passed several laws in a rare session held on Thursday, including the citizenship law, a food safety law and a law that would strengthen the army's infrastructure.Parliament convened Thursday for the first time in more than one year to approve financial and other laws after a last-chance compromise averted a boycott by two major Christian parties. However, Kataeb Party leader Sami Gemayel walked out of the session soon after it began around 11:30 a.m. in line with his announced boycott of the meeting. Three hours later, politicians needed a break and the meeting was adjourned until 5 p.m. In the first portion of the session, 12 bills were approved, among them the food safety law. MPs failed to approve a $1 billion Saudi grant for the Lebanese Army.Lebanon's major Christian groups have criticized Speaker Nabih Berri for excluding an electoral law from the session's agenda.
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