Al-Rahi: Lebanon Has Been Deprived of President for Factional Reasons

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi lamented on Thursday the ongoing vacancy in the presidency, urging lawmakers to exercise their duty and elect a president.

He said: “Lebanon has been deprived of a president for factional reasons.”

He made his remarks during a mass marking the eleventh anniversary of the inauguration of the patriarchate garden in al-Diman.

“The vacuum is a blow to Lebanese dignity and Lebanon's constitution,” declared the patriarch.

Al-Rahi prayed that political powers “would bring joy to the people with the election of a president and resolution of pending disputes.”

He also hoped that public officials would perform their duties “selflessly and steer away from corruption.”

Lebanon has been without a president since May when the term of Michel Suleiman ended in May.

Parliament has failed to elect his successor due to lingering disputes between the rival March 8 and 14 camps over a compromise candidate.

Several elections sessions have been staged, but they were not held due to a boycott of the majority of March 8 blocs.



Comments 3
Thumb Elemental 04 September 2014, 18:37

It's sad when even the Patriarch has to go politically correct, all simply because he knows if he says one wrong thing it's bye bye.

Default-user-icon koulouna masihiyoun ن (Guest) 04 September 2014, 21:35

even with isil's danger looming, lebanon's history teaches us that it's not the syrian baath regime that will defend or protect the Christians. they promised that in 1976 and we know how they really treated the Christians. all our problem stem from the assad presidents. i quote michel aoun from 2002 "I remind you here that the Syrian regime had said that it came to ‎Lebanon to save its Christians from extermination. I want to ask this regime who, apart from ‎it, in fact wanted to exterminate us?" this says it all!

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