Lawmakers attend a session to elect a President at the Parliament in Beirut, Thursday, June 23, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A heated Cabinet session is expected for Friday, as ministers will be briefed by the Council of Development and Reconstruction on a number of controversial projects.He stressed that his party's departure from the Cabinet was intended to show the public that the Kataeb Party can no longer function within such a government. He reiterated his calls for electing a president who would form a new Cabinet and conduct parliamentary elections. Another parliamentary session to elect a president was adjourned without a vote Thursday, as only 30 of Lebanon's 128 lawmakers attended.March 14 MPs have attended the sessions, and Gemayel was present. The power vacuum has largely paralyzed Parliament and threatened the work of the Cabinet.Adwan offered the conflicting parties a solution: Either the Future Movement and Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun immediately establish channels of negotiation, or the parties must consider a proposal from Berri and pass a new electoral law.Last month Berri suggested that parliamentary elections take place before the election of a president, which would shorten parliament's mandate. A second, backed by the Future Movement, LF and the Progressive Socialist Party, would have only 60 MPs selected by proportional representation.
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