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The election of a president is the key to revitalizing the country's ailing economy, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday, in his latest plea to parliamentary blocs to end the nearly two-year presidential vacuum by going to Parliament to choose a new head of state.Hariri's remarks came on the same day Speaker Nabih Berri called for a Parliament session Tuesday, May 10, to elect a president, amid signs that the new session is doomed to fail like the previous ones over a lack of quorum, heralding a further prolongation of the presidential vacuum.On April 18, Parliament failed for the 38th time in nearly two years to convene to elect a president due to a lack of quorum. Lawmakers from MP Michel Aoun's bloc, Hezbollah's bloc and some of its March 8 allies have been blamed by the March 14 coalition for scuttling a quorum with their consistent boycott of Parliament sessions since the end of former President Michel Sleiman's tenure in May 2014 . Frangieh's presidential bid is backed by Hariri, Berri, MP Walid Jumblatt and some independent lawmakers.The Cabinet's general secretariat denied that a Cabinet session was scheduled to be held Wednesday.
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