The outside facade of the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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All signs indicate that a quorum of a two-thirds majority – 86 MPs – will be secured for the Parliament session to elect a president on Oct. 31, that will subsequently put an end to the power vacuum that lasted two and a half years.If the number of MPs is 86, or two-thirds of the 127 lawmakers following the resignation of Tripoli MP Robert Fadel, Speaker Nabih Berri will enter the hall and immediately announce the start of secret voting to elect a president.The Parliament speaker will visit the president at Baabda Palace to agree with him on binding parliamentary consultations to be held by the president with blocs aimed at naming the candidate who wins the largest number of MPs' votes to form a new government.
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