Salam and Berri attend national dialogue at Parliament in Beirut, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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Rival political leaders failed Monday to make any headway on the 17-month presidential impasse, while chances of convening a Cabinet session to tackle the garbage crisis remain slim.Speaker Nabih Berri, who chaired the eighth round of national dialogue, asked Prime Minister Tammam Salam to convene a quick Cabinet session to resolve the three-month-old trash crisis, which raised public health concerns after heavy rains washed piles of uncollected garbage onto Beirut's streets Sunday. Berri set the next dialogue session for Nov. 3 .Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblatt did not attend the session for health reasons, delegating MP Ghazi Aridi to represent him.Later, speaking at a news conference, Gemayel fought back tears as he made an emotional appeal to government leaders to hold an emergency Cabinet session to solve the waste crisis.Fatfat told reporters in Nijmeh Square that Salam emphasized that the trash crisis requires consensus by all parties.Berri and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun also held a closed-door meeting on the sidelines of the session.
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