Al-Rahi Urges Officials to Take 'Bold' Steps to Stage Presidential Elections

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi urged on Sunday officials to take “bold and heroic” steps to end Lebanon's political crisis.

He said during his Sunday sermon: “Politicians who hold honest intentions should not fear to take serious local, regional, and international efforts to stage the presidential elections on time.”

They must hold serious discussions over the identity of the next president who should be capable of confronting the challenges during this critical time, he continued.

The patriarch also labeled as a “mark of shame” the officials' negligence towards the people, seeing as a large portion of Lebanese are “deprived of the most basic means to live.”

He also pointed out to the plight of Syrian refugees in Lebanon in light of the recent storm, while hailing the humanitarian efforts that have been exerted by civil organizations to ease their suffering.

Al-Rahi lamented however “the uncaring approach of wealthy and capable countries that can cater to the refugees' needs.”

President Michel Suleiman's six-year term ends in May 2014, but there are fears that differences between the rival March 8 and 14 alliances would lead to a further clash among the MPs and prevent them from heading to parliament to elect a new president.

The 60-day constitutional deadline for the election of a new president starts on March 25.

Comments 14
Thumb ice-man 15 December 2013, 14:19

Do you read farsi?

Thumb ice-man 15 December 2013, 14:32

Do you ever take a day off, do you? What do you contribute to the forum except insults huh? Shame on you and your likes!

Thumb cedars2 15 December 2013, 14:50

Ft commenting on the death of the Lebanese forces members who froze to death in Zahle when fighting against the Syrian army :
" _Flamethrower_ 13 hours ago 33

yes but to actiongreenie, those LAF were halal meat so they dont count"

FT aka Roar at least be a man and admit you are happy they froze to death fighting the Syrians. If you're going to say something at least stick to it, I know the concept of being a man eludes you but maybe you can get educated on this site regarding manhood. You are like a snake in the grass, you pretend to be a cool Hizby but once someone scratches the surface your true colors come out. You are an alien and a foreigner to the Lebanese, you are more Syrian/Iranian than Lebanese you should be ashamed of yourself, these young men were dying so that we can still have a country called Lebanon.

Missing lebanon4ever 15 December 2013, 15:32

Roar I genuinely agree with your comment with regards to the LF and the Syrians. I'm not a fan of either Geagea or the LF but there is no denying he was punished by the regime. Can you please explain how the Syrians helped the LF on their soil? Cheers.

Missing lebanon4ever 15 December 2013, 15:27

Roar when in OZ are you from?

Missing lebanon4ever 15 December 2013, 15:32


Thumb cedars2 15 December 2013, 15:32

Roar Kataeb/ LF are Bachir's school. Down twist facts please, it was a dirty war, dirty things happened, but our belief is and has always been the same. God/ Country/ Family. Very simple, very clear.

Thumb cedars2 15 December 2013, 15:44

"We get paid? you ignorant inbred...My grand sent money all his life to the kataeb...more than you will make in your lifetime"

If your grandfather were alive today and saw how you are putting another countries interests before ur own country what would he have said?
If he knew that the party you support is accussed of assasinating some of Lebanons finest men what would he have said.

Thumb ice-man 15 December 2013, 17:49

37 minutes ago Tripoli News Network: A gas cylinder exploded in the house of a janitor in the Abi Samra area, sparking a blaze. The janitor was later identified as a mowaten by the name of Flamethrower who hails from the Southern neighborhood of Saksakiyeh.

Thumb ice-man 15 December 2013, 17:50

Excellent detective work Southerner!

Thumb ice-man 15 December 2013, 18:03

Are you a Metador?

Thumb EagleDawn 15 December 2013, 18:28

Pathetic creature indeed you are!

Missing lebanon4ever 15 December 2013, 23:02

I'm actually a Melbourne Boy. I grew up
In Melbourne. I've been here 95% of my life. We went back to Leb for a while but my patents decided it wasn't the right place to raise their children. Our history seems very similar with regards to the whole Kataeb and grandparents thing. My grandad was very close to the Gemayel family. I know what you mean about Sydney though... I'm there a day or 2 a week for work. It's a nightmare! Lol.

Missing peace 16 December 2013, 11:23

the same applies to your aussie friend , no? LOL