Speaker Nabih Berri addresses lawmakers, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Lebanon's political elite held a new round of dialogue Monday after heavy rains washed piles of uncollected garbage into Beirut's streets, raising public health concerns about the three-month-old trash crisis.Future Movement MP Ahmad Fatfat told reporters in Nejmeh Square that Prime Minister Tammam Salam underlined during the session that the trash crisis requires consensus by all parties, revealing that Speaker Nabih Berri demanded the Cabinet to convene as soon as possible to resolve the matter.Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan described the session as "fruitful".Berri, who is chairing the talks, was the first to arrive at the Parliament. Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt did not attend the session for health reasons, delegating MP Ghazi Aridi to represent him.
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