Rahi Calls for 'Brave Initiatives' to Resolve Crises, Rejects 'Unconstitutional' Void

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi urged on Wednesday the March 8 and 14 alliances to make “brave initiatives” to resolve the country's crises, saying the failure to elect a president is a violation of the Constitution.

At the start of the synod of Maronite bishops in Bkirki, al-Rahi prayed for the immediate election of a president.

He also hoped that parliament would stop legislative work in accordance with article 75 of the Constitution, in reference to a wage hike draft-law under discussion by the legislature.

Al-Rahi has rejected the vacuum in the country's top Christian post following the failure of rival MPs to elect a successor to President Michel Suleiman after the expiry of his six-year term on May 25.

He reiterated his warning that the government of Prime Minister Tammam Salam indefinitely replacing the president would amount to a violation of the power-sharing agreement of 1943.

The National Pact has divided power equally between Muslims and Christians.

“The current practice in not electing a president is a violation of the Constitution and the National Pact. This is shameful and totally rejected,” the patriarch told the bishops.

Al-Rahi called for “brave initiatives by the presidential candidates and the March 8 and 14 alliances” to find solutions to the country's lingering problems.

“No one is allowed to throw the country and (state) institutions in total paralysis,” he said.

Parliament has been incapable of electing a new head of state over differences between the March 8 and 14 alliances on a compromise candidate.

The majority of the March 8 alliance's MPs, including the members of Michel Aoun's Change and Reform bloc, have boycotted the electoral sessions.

Aoun has sought in vain to win the backing of this rival March 14 alliance, which supports the candidacy of Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea.



Comments 7
Missing politik_buro 11 June 2014, 13:30

LAF rule, radical cleansing, state of emergency, religious figures banned from public speech, once this is done, proper elections and new constitution MADE IN LEBANON

Default-user-icon 101390 (Guest) 11 June 2014, 16:20

Rahi Calls for 'Brave Initiatives' to Resolve Crises

brave eh, so any initiative from Aoun is out of the question?

Default-user-icon 101390 (Guest) 11 June 2014, 17:01

Franjieh, at least, was honest in what he was going to do unlike the other two.

Thumb cedar 11 June 2014, 17:01

Actually the National Pact did not divide power equally between Christians and Muslims , there were more Christian seats! The National pact was a ratio of 6:5 Christian to Muslim.

The Taif agreement made that 1:1 equal to Muslims and took away from Christian rights.

Taif agreement must be abolished, and all Lebanese overseas allowed to vote for whoever they want.

Christians will win either way and that's what the Muslims are scared of.

Default-user-icon muniohl circuit (Guest) 11 June 2014, 17:43

can't happen and this is why

إن اتفاق الطائف مشكلة لأنه يكرس النظام الطائفي
الماروني ولا إصلاحات، بل زيادة في عدد النواب، وقد أعطيت صلاحيات لمجلس الوزراء وبقي رئيس الجمهورية القائد الأعلى.
حسن نصرالله - النهار 6/11/1989

Default-user-icon kazan (Guest) 11 June 2014, 21:02

Lebanon geographically and the Lebanese commercially always had the potential to be the ( with capital letters)leading country of the Middle East.Unfortunaly the hate between its citizens is tremendous that this will lead ( in no doubt) sooner than later that Lebanon will cease to exist.

Default-user-icon Khobzak Yawmy (Guest) 12 June 2014, 11:29

Talking about brave initiative, let's call on Dr. Arreet Adwan and his brave and caring initiative towards the ill-represented Druze of... well... umm... duh... nobody other than Walid Jumblat, aka Filthy Scum Bag Numero Uno (with Fouad l'Israelien Saniora as Numero Due, and his boss, Dr. Arreet 7akeh, a close third).