Berri's bloc officially nominates him for parliament speaker post

Speaker Nabih Berri's parliamentary bloc on Saturday officially nominated him for a new term as parliament speaker.

"We hope all colleagues will support this nomination and work for it," the Development and Liberation bloc said in a statement after a meeting chaired by Berri.

By long-standing convention, the parliament speaker post is reserved for a Shiite and Berri's Amal Movement and its ally Hizbullah have won all 27 Shiite seats in the new parliament.

Several opposition blocs have said that they do not intend to vote for Berri.

Separately, the bloc called on all new MPs to "engage in dialogue in parliament to find solutions for all the issues" in order to "rescue Lebanon from the danger it is facing."

"Only dialogue over all those topics represents a real gateway to salvation," the bloc added.

Source: Naharnet

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