Al-Rahi Slams 'Disabled' Politicians over Cabinet, Electoral Law

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi dubbed Lebanese politicians on Sunday as “disabled” people for failing to agree on a new government and an electoral draft-law.

“Aren't the real disabled those who obstruct the formation of the cabinet over the impairment of their interests?” al-Rahi asked in his sermon during a mass he celebrated in Bkirki.

He criticized them for failing to agree on a new electoral draft-law over their “cheap” personal interests.

Al-Rahi also accused the politicians of dragging the presidential post to a vacuum over the inability to take a “responsible patriotic decision.”

President Michel Suleiman's six-year term ends in May 2014. But there are fears that the differences between the rival camps, which have so far prevented them from agreeing on a new cabinet and an electoral law, would spill over to the presidential elections.

The patriarch said a real reform would involve a call for the disabled or those who are handicapped to work in state institutions.

Al-Rahi's sermon focused on the disabled after the Lebanese Society for Blind and Deaf attended the mass.

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