Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks with lawmakers during the 36th presidential election session at Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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With great anticipation, photographers and reporters stood at the entrance to Parliament in Nijmeh Square Wednesday, waiting for former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and other officials to arrive for the 36th session to elect a president, set for 1 p.m. The square began to buzz as politicians started to arrive in their convoys. A group of five cars arrived at 12:45 p.m., but as they continued to the back of the Parliament, onlookers realized it wasn't Hariri's. The 36th election session was the first to be attended by the Future Movement leader.Jumblatt, leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, arrived soon after Hariri, accompanied by his party's presidential candidate, MP Henri Helou.Salam left the session directly after it was adjourned, but reporters were directed to the press room on the ground floor where Hariri was preparing to speak.
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