Patriarch: Failure to Hold Presidential Elections Harms the People

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi stated on Friday that holding the presidential elections is necessary because it is closely linked to the people's daily living and future, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The Patriarch's comments came during a visit to Adonis.

“Staging the presidential elections is not a luxury nor a political activity, and it should not be undermined. It is closely related to the fate of people and their daily livelihood and future,” said al-Rahi.

The political rift “which led to the elections' failure, is also leading the people to impoverishment and living and economic deterioration. It is pushing them to migrate knowing the dangerous repercussions of migration,” the Patriarch concluded.

Lebanon witnesses currently a vacuum in the presidential post, as the parliament failed over five sessions to secure quorum to elect a successor to former President Michel Suleiman.

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