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With the monthslong Cabinet formation process entirely deadlocked, public and political attention will shift this week to a two-day legislative session of Parliament set to pass draft laws and loans aimed at shoring up the country's ailing economy. Speaker Nabih Berri is set to chair the morning and evening sessions Monday and Tuesday, the first legislative sessions since a new Parliament was elected on May 6 . Some proposals include projects related to the CEDRE conference.The two-day session will be held amid political consensus by the country's major blocs, reflecting their agreement on the need for Parliament to convene for "legislation of necessity," despite the fact that the Cabinet is serving in a caretaker capacity. Any bills passed by Parliament need to be endorsed by a functioning government to become effective. Bassil is currently at the center of an escalating row with the Lebanese Forces over Christian representation in the new government. He has been accused by LF officials of preventing the party from obtaining significant Cabinet representation commensurate with its parliamentary size. Hariri, who was appointed on May 24 to form a national unity government representing all the main political parties, said last week the Cabinet formation is still being held up by competing demands of the LF, the PSP and the Marada Movement.
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