Hariri and Berri arrive at Parliament at the beginning of the confidence vote session.
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Tens of thousands of ordinary people could be affected by a general amnesty.Placing the general amnesty bill on the agenda at a time of unprecedented popular protests against the political class is partially intended to quell street pressure, by the admission of politicians themselves.The presence of an amnesty law in Parliament also raises the issue of who exactly will be included -- and whether politicians accused of corruption may slide their way in.Even those who most support the general amnesty are warning against politicians being included.Mazloum, who spent several years in prison on drug charges, said parties had long used promises of a general amnesty to garner votes before elections, due to its large support.Ahead of last year's parliamentary elections, Sunni and Shiite voters threatened not to vote for parties traditionally supported by their communities -- specifically Future, Amal and Hezbollah -- unless an amnesty was signed into law. These same voters have staged dozens of protests over the years, blocking roads in Baalbeck, Beirut and the north. As for whether politicians would be able to use an amnesty to appease a street that has demanded their ouster, Mazloum was doubtful.
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