Speaker Nabih Berri chairs a dialogue session at Parliament in Beirut's Nejmeh Square, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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The leaders held an afternoon session, that was dominated by the 2-month-old trash crisis, and a night session focusing on ways to end the 16-month presidential vacuum and implement a reported deal on the promotions of senior Army officers, a major demand of MP Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement.However, the military promotions issue, which was not on the agenda, was discussed in a closed-door 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.Following the night session, a third closed-door meeting was held attended by Berri, Salam, Deputy Speaker Farid Makari, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb, Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon and Kanaan, who represented Aoun in the second session.That meeting was attended by Berri, Salam, Aoun, Siniora, MP Walid Jumblatt and Raad, head of Hezbollah's bloc in Parliament.Aoun suddenly left the dialogue session for health reasons, less than an hour after the talks got underway at noon. He was represented in the night session by Kanaan.
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