Maronite Bishop Synod Slams 'Unacceptable' Behavior by MPs

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The Maronite bishops synod reiterated on Thursday Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi's stance regarding the ongoing presidential vacuum, considering that the delay in electing a new head of state violates the constitution and the national pact.

“The absence of the head of state poses a threat to the country,” the synod said after its annual retreat.

The synod slammed the failure of lawmakers to attend parliament sessions to elect a new president, describing their behavior as “unacceptable.”

Lebanon has been plunged into a leadership vacuum after Michel Suleiman's presidential term ended on May 25 with rival political blocs still divided over a new leader.

Over the past two months the parliament convened seven times to try to elect a successor to Suleiman but failed during the last six sessions due to a lack of quorum.

Concerning al-Rahi's recent visit to the Holly Land, the synod said that it “gave hope back” to the Lebanese who fled to Israel.

Al-Rahi headed to Jerusalem at the end of May in a visit that sparked local controversy.

Lebanon remains technically at war with Israel and bans its citizens from entering the Jewish state.

But Maronite clergy are permitted to travel to Israel to minister to the estimated 10,000 faithful there.

On the situation in the neighboring country Syria and in Iraq, the synod denounced the situation, calling on the people of the Middle East to end the state of violence.



Comments 4
Thumb lebanonforever 19 June 2014, 14:43

I agree with you FT except about Saudi part

Naharnet - shame on you!
Stop repeating same sensationalised headlines & undermining our Clergy

Missing karim- 19 June 2014, 15:00

God bless Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi and the Maronite bishops synod for slamming the senile coward army deserter and the March 8 Iranian mercenaries and their plan to destroy the Lebanese state so they can establish their Islamic Iranian province of Lebanon.

Default-user-icon Lovatto Kozally (Guest) 19 June 2014, 16:57

Nobody is slammed but the decent Lebanese, as few as the have become. The rest deserve worse. kharjkon

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 19 June 2014, 18:02

Gaby, Patriarch Rahi and his bishops are clearly naming the ones that are obstructing the process and violating the constitution and the national pact, they are the ones who are not attending the voting sessions. The bishops are not mincing their words here but they cannot name all 44 MPs now can they, they are describing the behavior of the ones obstructing the process and everyone know who they are

The synod slammed the failure of lawmakers to attend parliament sessions to elect a new president, describing their behavior as “unacceptable.”