Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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As major parliamentary blocs remained split over resuming Parliament sessions in the absence of a president to pass urgent draft laws, Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday underlined the need for getting the legislative body back in business.As Parliament's regular term began on March 22, Berri was expected to urge rival leaders during a national dialogue session, scheduled for Wednesday, to agree on a new electoral law and the resumption of Parliament legislation and the revival of the government's work. The presidential race currently pits Marada Movement leader MP Sleiman Frangieh, against MP Michel Aoun, who is backed by Hezbollah, some of its March 8 allies and the Lebanese Forces.MP Marwan Hamadeh, who belongs to Jumblatt's bloc, voiced support for Berri's push to resume Parliament sessions. During the last dialogue session earlier this month, March 14 politicians insisted that reactivation of Parliament must begin with the election of a president before discussing any other issues.
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