Lebanon's PM Tammam Salam signs the Paris Agreement on climate change, Friday, April 22, 2016 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Speaker Nabih Berri vowed Friday to forge ahead with convening Parliament to pass urgent bills despite expected opposition by key Christian blocs, which insist that an electoral law should be the first item on the agenda of any legislative session.Berri, according to visitors at his Ain al-Tineh residence, said he was still waiting for responses from parliamentary blocs to his proposal to include an electoral draft law, a key demand of the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces, among other essential topics on the agenda of a legislative session, but not as the first item.Berri made the proposal, which calls on Parliament's Secretariat to prepare the agenda of a legislative session, during a national dialogue session Wednesday attended by rival political leaders. Berri is believed to be waiting for the position of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who had previously said that his Future bloc would not attend any legislative session if an electoral law item was not at the top of its agenda.
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