Rival leaders meet for national dialogue at Speaker Nabih Berri's residence in Ain al-Tineh, Beirut, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Rival political leaders Tuesday agreed to hold onto the Taif Accord and achieve a breakthrough in the political crises in Lebanon during the first of three consecutive national dialogue sessions in Beirut's Ain al-Tineh.Media reports said Speaker Nabih Berri urged rivals to agree on an all-inclusive solution at the beginning of the session, starting with the election of a new head of state. Expectations are low that the feuding March 8 and March 14 parties, which have failed for more than two years to elect a president and endorse an electoral law, will make headway on these two contentious issues this week.All major political parties have agreed on the need to replace the 1960 voting law used in past elections.During previous national dialogue sessions, parties have discussed a hybrid law.Among the first to arrive and the first to leave, Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt described the meeting as positive when he spoke to reporters as he left Ain al-Tineh.
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