Al-Rahi: Failure to Elect President Dangerous Violation of Constitutionإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi criticized on Sunday lawmakers for their failure to elect a new president following five rounds of the elections.
He warned during Sunday mass: “The failure to elect a new president is a dangerous violation of the constitution and will lead to the crippling of the state.”
“We pray to God to persuade the MPs to once again return to truthful acts to help the country out of its division and paralysis,” he added.
The patriarch urged officials to assume their responsibilities for the sake of the country.
Five rounds of the presidential elections have been held so far.
Four of the rounds were not staged due to a lack of quorum at parliament caused by a boycott by March 8 MPs, namely those of the Hizbullah and Free Patriotic Movement blocs, over ongoing differences with the March 14 alliance over the elections.
The next round is scheduled for June 9.
It is expected to meet the fate of its predecessors given that the disputes between the rival parties have not been resolved.