Speaker Nabih Berri chats with MPs on his way to chair a dialogue session at Parliament in Beirut's Nejmeh Square, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The fourth round of national dialogue Tuesday was dominated by the trash crisis, overshadowing the 16-month presidential election deadlock, which has been set as the first and main topic on the agenda.During the first session that lasted two and a half hours, rival leaders spent nearly two hours exploring ways to end the 2-month-old garbage crisis that is increasingly posing hazards to public health. The promotion of senior Army officers, a major demand of MP Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement, was discussed in a closed meeting on the sidelines of national dialogue between Berri and Aoun in the presence of Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, and MP Ibrahim Kanaan from the FPM.Aoun suddenly left the dialogue session for health reasons, less than an hour after the talks got underway at noon.The session convened again at 2 p.m. in Aoun's absence and ended at 3:30 p.m.The rival leaders met again for a night session at 6 p.m. Aoun did not attend this session and was represented by Kanaan.
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