Al-Rahi Lashes Out at MPs, Describes Situation as “Tragic”

Maronite Partirach al-Rahi lamented on Sunday the presidential impasse, stressing that he rejects the “tragic” situation that has reached its peak.

“We refuse to accept the tragic situation that has reached the peak as the state is deprived from its president,” al-Rahi said during Sunday's sermon in his summer seat of Diman.

He called on officials, in particular lawmakers, to assume their constitutional duties.

“Until when are they going to neglect their dangerous and honorable constitutional duty of electing a new head of state,” al-Rahi wondered.

He expressed regret over the “ongoing constitutional and national pact violations and their impact on the parliament and the cabinet.”

Lebanon has been plunged in vacuum in the presidency since the term of President Michel Suleiman ended in May.

Eight presidential elections sessions have been held, seven of which were obstructed due to a lack of quorum at parliament caused by a boycott by the March 8 lawmakers of the Change and Reform and Loyalty to the Resistance blocs over differences on a presidential candidate.

The next elections session is scheduled for July 23.


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