Vatican Delegation Visits Lebanon, Al-Rahi Heads on Foreign Tour over Presidential Electionsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The Vatican plans to dispatch a delegation to Lebanon in a bid to prompt Lebanese officials into ending the presidential vacuum, amid reports that Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi also plans a trip to several major countries to up pressures to elect a president.
The Vatican plans to send a delegation to Beirut next week, conveying Pope Francis' concern “on hurdles delaying the presidential elections in light of the inflamed situation in the region,” al-Liwaa daily reported on Saturday.
The delegation is set to meet several Lebanese officials in a bid to find ways that could end the almost month-long presidential vacuum in the top Christian post in Lebanon.
A similar delegation had visited Lebanon in April and toured various officials focusing on a number of pressing issues including the necessity to hold the presidential elections on time “because vacuum harms the presidential post and the Christians as well.”
In that regard, al-Rahi “may travel to several major power countries to push further the efforts to elect a president,” added the daily.
The Patriarch could “visit Washington for consultations with officials to pave way for a good environment that could end up with electing a president.”
Al-Rahi is set to travel to Australia in October in a pastoral visit.
Since the end of President Michel Suleiman's tenure in May, and the failure of the parliament to elect a successor, Lebanon has been witnessing vacuum in the top Christian post.
According to the constitution, the government "combined" assumes powers of the president in case of absence.