Speaker Nabih Berri (C) chairs a national dialogue session at his residence in Ain al-Tineh, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon's political leaders failed to achieve tangible results over three consecutive days of national dialogue, which ended Thursday.Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblatt and Change and Reform Bloc MP Michel Aoun skipped the session for the second day in a row, and Marada Movement MP Sleiman Frangieh was absent from Thursday's talks as well. Several dialogue members said at the end of talks that the establishment of a senate and the voting system were the main focus of the session.Gemayel repeated his calls for the election of a president through a parliamentary vote, saying the election of a head of state and an agreement on one of the two proposed electoral laws were currently the priority.Administrative decentralization was also among topics on the dialogue agenda, which primarily include the election of a president, a new electoral law and the formation of a new government.
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