Al-Rahi Fears Lebanese Would Adapt to Vacuum

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-RAhi renewed on Saturday his call for the election of a new head of state, rejecting to let the Lebanese get used to the vacuum at the Baabda Palace.

“There is no justification for not electing a new president,” al-Rahi said during a meeting at the Maronite Diocese of Saint Maron of Sydney in Australia.

The Patriarch headed to Sydney on Thursday on a two-week pastoral visit.

Al-Rahi pointed out that there's no state that accepts the vacuum that Lebanon is passing through.

He urged lawmakers to assume their responsibilities and elect a new president.

The country has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ended in May as the rival parties have failed so far to agree on a compromise candidate, which is threatening to thwart the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The crises are threatening further vacuum at Lebanese institutions, which could also impact the cabinet.

“Christians should not fear because they are not minorities in (Lebanon) and the region,” al-Rahi said.

“Wars that fall in favor of narrow political and economy interests and encourage arms trade should end.”

Al-Rahi also called for the importance of eliminating all support to extremist and terrorist groups.

For the past few months, the military has been coming under increasing armed attacks mainly in northern Lebanon.

Since August, the Lebanese army has been fighting militants from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front near the border with Syria.



Comments 4
Missing humble 25 October 2014, 11:15

The Caporal is executing his Master's orders to create vacuum and destroy the institutions including the "National Pact"

Default-user-icon the_roar (Guest) 25 October 2014, 12:07

I wonder if the Batrak is also meeting with the_roar and flamethrower in Australia too.

Default-user-icon UmmaGumma (Guest) 25 October 2014, 13:49

Not only can the Lebanese adapt to a vacuum in Baabda, they can also adapt to vacuum in Parliament, at the Prime Minister Office, the Patriarch seat including other religious representations, government institutions as well as all political leaders who have contributed to the present chaos..

Default-user-icon UmmaGumma (Guest) 25 October 2014, 13:50

Do not fear the term Vacuum, it is synonymous with cleansing and Dirt Removal. Lebanon deserves a younger fresh political representatives, capable of easily communicating among each other and not bogged down by old feuds.