Lawmakers gather in Parliament for a failed presidential election session, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon's political elite on Monday added to the country's aggravating political crisis by failing to elect a new head of state, more than two years into the country's worst power vacuum.Like the 42 preceding presidential election sessions, Speaker Nabih Berri was forced to postpone Monday's session due to a lack of quorum when just 20 MPs of the 128-member legislature showed up. Lawmakers from MP Michel Aoun's bloc, Hezbollah's bloc and some of its March 8 allies have been boycotting the electoral sessions, thus preventing a quorum.Aoun is backed by Hezbollah and the Lebanese Forces, and Frangieh is mainly supported by the Future Movement, Amal Movement and the Progressive Socialist Party.
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