Berri and Siniora attend the dialogue session at Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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The fate of national dialogue and the government are up in the air following rival leaders' failure Wednesday to resolve the thorny issue of military promotions, viewed as the key to reviving the role of the executive and legislative branches of power.During the fifth round of all-party talks chaired by Speaker Nabih Berri, the leaders also failed to make any breakthrough in the 16-month presidential deadlock, underlining the wide gap between the March 8 and March 14 parties over who should be Lebanon's next president. Berri had originally set three consecutive sessions on Oct. 6, 7 and 8 for intensive talks on the presidential deadlock.However, the military promotions issue is facing opposition from at least eight ministers in the 24-member Cabinet.Most dialogue participants ruled out a Cabinet session at least Thursday, pending ironing out differences over the military promotions and the garbage crisis.Aoun, who did not attend the morning and evening sessions, was represented by MP Ibrahim Kanaan who said the FPM rejected that the issue of military promotions be discussed at the dialogue table.
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