File - Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a session at the Parliament in Beirut, Lebanon. (Mahmoud Kheir/The Daily Star)
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Despite Berri's best efforts and intentions, over 20 parliamentary sessions now have failed to select a new president.And pressing social issues, including the salary scale for civil servants, and the rent law, are being neglected, left to fester in the drawers of Parliament, as various parties refuse to debate the issue.Rather hypocritically some of these parties seeking to stall such parliamentary debates and votes through non-attendance – namely the Free Patriotic Movement and friends – are the same ones who are holding up the sessions designed to nominate a new president.
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