Al-Rahi: Failure to Elect President Dangerous Violation of Constitution

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi criticized on Sunday lawmakers for their failure to elect a new president following five rounds of the elections.

He warned during Sunday mass: “The failure to elect a new president is a dangerous violation of the constitution and will lead to the crippling of the state.”

“We pray to God to persuade the MPs to once again return to truthful acts to help the country out of its division and paralysis,” he added.

The patriarch urged officials to assume their responsibilities for the sake of the country.

Five rounds of the presidential elections have been held so far.

Four of the rounds were not staged due to a lack of quorum at parliament caused by a boycott by March 8 MPs, namely those of the Hizbullah and Free Patriotic Movement blocs, over ongoing differences with the March 14 alliance over the elections.

The next round is scheduled for June 9.

It is expected to meet the fate of its predecessors given that the disputes between the rival parties have not been resolved.

Comments 7
Thumb kanaanljdid 08 June 2014, 12:44

How many dressed and hat has he? Christianity and the message of Jesus encourage simplicity and humility, not so much fancy dresses and pricey uniforms...

Fashion-victim batrak :-D

Thumb kanaanljdid 08 June 2014, 12:44

How many dresses and hats*

Missing VINCENT 08 June 2014, 15:53

Simplicity doesn't mean that he has to look like an Afghan or Iranian heroin addict. He is Lebanese, and I am sure he likes to look good.

Missing VINCENT 08 June 2014, 16:08

Dear Patriarch, congratulations on your recent visit to the birth place of the Christian faith. Every Christian, more importantly the Lebanese, have the inherent right to visit the Holly Land undisturbed by regional conflict deeply rooted in fabricated faith. But your position to comment on constitutional issues and politics is self contradictory. You should lead by example and encourage truly descent and God fearing people to enter the realm of politics for humanity's sake. Whatever is left.

Thumb FlameCatcher 08 June 2014, 16:48

He has as much right to discuss the constitution as "Cheikh" Hassan Nasrallah.

In fact, he's the only person really defending Christians here right now. Aoun is drawned in his self-ego-promoting campaign and Geagea in his anti-Aoun campaign.

Hezbollah and Aoun have not only violated the constitution. Hezbollah has violated their MOU with Aoun so many times I don't understand where Aoun's dignity is... no integrity either !

Missing VINCENT 09 June 2014, 05:39

It looks like we are in agreement. I don't consider Hassan Nasrallah a man of cloth. He is an Iranian tool for Iranians gional interests. God didn't give Nasrallah the permission to establish his "hezeb" under the name of God. He is a weapon for the Iranians and should not be referenced in this discussion. Lebanon should amend its constitution to outlaw all clergymen from political platforms.

Default-user-icon kazan (Guest) 09 June 2014, 12:34

The irony is that the constitution is not only outdated, but is one of the key reasons of the misery of this country, and the sad thing is that most of the people do not realise this fact.