A national dialogue session in Beirut, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. (The Daily Star/Parliament, HO)
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Lebanon's national dialogue sessions, which were intended to resolve a number of deadlocks including the presidency, were suspended Monday over a lack of progress."There is no need for dialogue if [rivals] don't [explicitly] acknowledge our existence," Free Patriotic Movement leader Gebran Bassil said after the meeting.He hinted that his party may boycott further national dialogue sessions over what he says is the under-representation of Christians in the government.Though some said that a three-day national dialogue session at Berri's residence last month was also unproductive, the rhetoric after that session wasn't as negative.According to the agreement, a national parliament would be elected based solely on parity between Christian and Muslim MPs.
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