Al-Rahi Slams 'Violation' of Constitution, Calls for Putting an End to Takfiri Practices

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi slammed on Sunday “authoritarian” Lebanese politicians for leaving Baabda Palace vacant for the past four months.

“Perhaps the nation's lawmakers are not aware that the president is the symbol of the country's unity,” said al-Rahi during his sermon.

“Maybe they don't want a president so that they continue to spread chaos and cover up for corruption,” he said.

“The politicians are still practicing authoritarianism, leading to a blatant violation of the constitution and the non-election of a president,” al-Rahi added.

The patriarch urged politicians to “put aside all their personal and sectarian interests” and elect a president.

“No one is more important than the presidency,” he stressed.

Lebanon has been without a head of state since May 25 after the rival MPs failed to agree on a compromise candidate to succeed Michel Suleiman.

The patriarch lamented the killing of another Lebanese soldier by jihadists who have taken troops and policemen hostage.

He called for “putting an end to the practices of inhumane and takfiri groups.”

The militants, including the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front and the extremist Islamic State group, are holding several soldiers and policemen hostage. They were kidnapped when the fighters overran the northeastern border town of Arsal last month.

Three have been killed by their captors. Two have been beheaded by IS militants. A third soldier was shot to death by al-Nusra Front jihadists on Saturday.

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Thumb galaxy 21 September 2014, 11:49

“No one is more important than the presidency,” he stressed.

That is NOT true. Nassrallah is

Default-user-icon endless esquire (Guest) 21 September 2014, 16:57

esquire, Your comment is baseless and not necessary true.

Thumb ex-fpm 21 September 2014, 17:33

no he is another all knowing troll who thinks he was given the right to preach virtue

Thumb lebnanfirst 21 September 2014, 19:08

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Thumb lebnanfirst 21 September 2014, 19:13

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Thumb chrisrushlau 21 September 2014, 19:39

If the majority of Lebanese are Shias and they all give their vote to Hezbullah, Nassrallah is the President, or prime minister, or both.
al Rahi is pictured reading the lesson from Acts of the Apostles, where two skeptics asked Paul and Peter which was more important, love or equality. Paul answered, "Love is the assumption underlying equality," and Peter answered, "Equality is the assumption underlying love."

Missing helicopter 21 September 2014, 21:52

Too bad that HA is the anti-thesis of Paul and Peter as they are not about love or equality. More like ISIS and Nusra.

Default-user-icon jarhead (Guest) 22 September 2014, 00:15

Chris as a US soldier you collaborated with the iranian operatives against you brothers in arms, now you come here shoot your mouth off about something you know nothing about.
The claim that shiite are the majority is a lie, not supported by any facts, perperated bybthe iranian mercenaries party so they can create the islamic republic they dream about.

Default-user-icon 12x7 (Guest) 22 September 2014, 10:22

Christian hegemony is usurping Shi3a rights as chrisrushlau said. That is why General Aoun and Sayyed Hassan want elections from the people so Shi3as would have a voice.

Default-user-icon alamounda (Guest) 21 September 2014, 13:20

Blame senility for violating the constitution.

Default-user-icon Loyalty and Freedom (Guest) 21 September 2014, 14:05

The lawyers that wrote this constitution must be poor lawyers. Since when do we let foreign bought local politicians manipulate the constitution and the country?
For those who think that Nassrallah is more important than the constitution, please take him and go join whoever is funding him for ALL the mischief he is causing.

Missing helicopter 21 September 2014, 16:23

Maybe they don't want a president so that they continue to spread chaos and cover up for corruption,” he said ............ unless the one to be elected president is from their league and part of the chaos and corruption.
If any person refuses to show up for work they get fired. Likewise, any PM who boycotts Presidential election sessions should be fired and jailed. I do not care which camp this PM belonged to (14, 8, Iran, KSA).

Missing helicopter 21 September 2014, 17:57

Do you think the Gaegae has more votes than the Aoun? Is that why the Aaoun is afraid of nominating the himself? I am sure the M8 has the majority since the most Lebanese would rather have the interest of Assad Syria and Iran over the interest of the Lebanon, because these two have the best interest of the christhians in Levant.

Default-user-icon interesting phenomena (Guest) 21 September 2014, 18:42

Whenever flamytick is on a break most of the M8 groupies are on a break as well. but the moment he's back they are back as well.

Missing karim- 21 September 2014, 19:39

“Maybe they don't want a president so that they continue to spread chaos and cover up for corruption”

18/04/1989 بري: لن نقبل برئيس ماروني بعد الآن
30/06/1989 حزب الله يعلن الولاء المطلق لآية الله السيد علي خامنئي
01/09/1989 حزب الله يعلن حرب مفتوحة مع الموارنة معتبرا حملة عون على سوريا هي حملة لابادة المسلمين
21/09/1989 حزب الله : نرفض رئيسا مارونيا ونرفض الذل تحت اسم التعايش مع النصارى
13/10/1989 حزب الله : سنمزق اتفاق الطائف
20/10/1989 بري: غير معنيين بالطائف والقبول به خيانة
12/11/1989 حزب الله: الطائف استسلام للمارونية السياسية واسرائيل

Default-user-icon 12x7 (Guest) 22 September 2014, 10:26

What Mr Berri and Hezballah say is true Maronites and Christians have too much power ahd are usurping Shi3a rights

Thumb megahabib 22 September 2014, 00:56

Shut down Takfiri practices? Then shut down Arsal and Tripoli.

Thumb megahabib 22 September 2014, 00:57

Why don't you go and pay Baghdaddy a visit? I'm sure he's missing his favourite fluffer.

Default-user-icon PEACE (Guest) 22 September 2014, 01:16

What Lebanon needs is an application of 1701 supporting a military government to impose peace by force.

Thumb thepatriot 22 September 2014, 10:36

English 101 for God's sake!