(From left to right) MP Ghazi Aridi, Telecoms Minister Boutros Harb, MP Sleiman Frangieh and MP Fouad Siniora attend the national dialogue session in Ain al-Tineh, Beirut, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The power vacuum and the reactivation of the Parliament were the two main points on the agenda of the 16th dialogue session Wednesday, as the session witnessed a heated debate between Gebran Bassil and Sleiman Frangieh over presidential elections.Tensions have been high between Frangieh and his long-time ally Michel Aoun, founder of the FPM, since Future Movement leader Saad Hariri endorsed the former in November.While most party leaders attended the meeting, Aoun, was absent from the talks, along with Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt, who is in Paris. The election of a new head of state requires two-thirds quorum, or 86 of Parliament's 128 seats, to convene the session.The gatherers set another session for March 30 .
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