Siniora, premier Tammam Salam and Berri attend a dialogue session at the speaker’s Ain al-Tineh residence. Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil appears in the back row.
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The Future Movement Wednesday poured cold waters on Speaker Nabih Berri's initiative to break the presidential deadlock that called for holding early parliamentary polls before the election of a president, saying it was "stillborn".Majdalani and former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora represented the Future Movement at the 18th national dialogue session held at Berri's Ain al-Tineh residence Wednesday, during which the speaker unveiled a three-point initiative aimed at ending the presidential vacuum.The first choice is an agreement by the rival factions on a new electoral law on whose basis Parliament's extended term would be shortened to pave the way for early legislative elections, Fayyad said.The second choice is to hold parliamentary elections according to the current 1960 voting law after Parliament's term is shortened and the same mechanism on the election of a president is adopted, according to Fayyad.While MP Ghazi Aridi, representing MP Walid Jumblatt at the dialogue session, has given his approval of Berri's initiative, Majdalani said Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb and most March 14 parties oppose it.Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Berri's proposal for holding parliamentary elections before the presidential vote needed to be studied closely.
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