Suleiman Supports al-Rahi's Visit to Damascus, Calls against Politicizing itإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
President Michel Suleiman expressed support on Saturday for Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi's expected visit to Syria.
The president called against “politicizing” al-Rahi's visit as it shouldn't be take out of its context.
Al-Rahi will head on Sunday to Damascus to take part in the inauguration celebration of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch Youhanna al-Yaziji.
“The Maronite patriarch is the guardian of the Christians rights in the east and I support his visit to Syria, he knows what he's doing,” Suleiman said after a mass held on St. Maroun day in Gemmayzeh.
The expected visit of al-Rahi would be the first for a Maronite patriarch since Lebanon's independence in 1943, after the visit carried out by the late Patriarch Antoun Arida during the French mandate.
The March 8 and14 alliances are split over the revolt in Syria that began in March 2011 with the opposition backing the revolt in Syria while a ruling coalition supports the Damascus regime.
Concerning the new electoral law, Suleiman stressed on the importance of “adopting an electoral law that relieves everyone.”
The electoral subcommittee is currently discussing a hybrid draft-law that combines the winner-takes-all and proportional representation systems proposed by AMAL's Liberation and Development parliamentary bloc, which is led by Speaker Nabih Berri.