Lawmakers attend the 35th parliamentary session set to elect a new president, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Only 58 MPs arrived to the Parliament to attend the 35th session, when a two-thirds quorum, or 86 of Parliament's 128, should be secured to convene the session.Berri had arrived Monday at the Parliament. He had last attended a session set to elect a new head of state in April 2014, when lawmakers voted for three candidates: Aley MP Henri Helou from MP Walid Jumblatt's Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc, Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea and former Kataeb leader Amine Gemayel.Berri had renewed calls on the three new presidential candidates – [Change and Reform bloc head] MP Michel Aoun, [Marada Movement leader] MP Sleiman Frangieh and Helou- to go to Parliament, saying whoever recieved the highest number of MPs' votes will be declared winner.
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