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Berri postpones presidential election session till May 22.

BEIRUT, May 15 (KUNA) -- Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri decided on Thursday to postpone the Presidential election session till May 22 due to lack of quorum.

"Due to the lack of a quorum, parliament speaker Nabih Berri has postponed today's session to elect the president of the republic to Thursday, May 22," the parliament said in a statement.

Following the session, MP Sami Gemayel, of Lebanese Kataeb Bloc, called, in a press conference, to announce a state of emergency at the House of Representatives and hold a session every day, as of today and till the end of the constitutional deadline, so as to elect a President for the country.

"There is no such thing as absolute vacuum and there are a number of deputies who intentionally disrupt the election of a new president," Gemayel said, adding that the one-week period was too long and asked Berri to hold another Parliament session soon.

He also said that "Deputies who did not show up today do not want the elections to happen," adding that "this is the only reason behind their absence, hence their disruption of quorum." Only 73 deputies attended today's session at the House of Parliament, while it is required that two-thirds of the parliament members attend in order to hold the session. (end)

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Date:May 15, 2014
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