Lawmakers elect a Parliament speaker in Beirut, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament, HO)
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Wednesday was busy for Lebanon's Parliament, with media buzzing and newly elected MPs stepping out of their cars from behind dark-tinted windows to cast votes for speaker, deputy speaker and other members of the secretariat. Although there was little doubt beforehand that Speaker Nabih Berri would be re-elected for another term, anticipation of the vote ran high nevertheless.MPs made their way to the Parliament building at around 11 a.m. for their inaugural session after the general elections on May 6 .It was expected that some lawmakers were not going to vote for Berri and cast blank ballots instead, but as soon as Berri passed the mark of half of the 128 MPs plus one – 65 votes – needed to secure the win, there was a sigh of relief.MPs Elie Ferzli and Anis Nassar were competing for the post, but lawmakers ultimately elected Ferzli with 80 votes, versus Nassar's 32 .
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