Salam Meets al-Rahi, Stresses 'Importance of Perseverance during this Difficult Time'

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Prime Minister Tammam Salam paid a visit on Thursday to Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on the occasion of Christmas, taking the opportunity to highlight the need for national unity in Lebanon.

He said from Bkirki: “We stress the importance of perseverance during this critical time.”

He added that he has never spared an opportunity to call for the election of a president, saying that the patriarch made “significant points” during his Christmas message earlier on Thursday.

“We hope officials would be receptive of this message,” remarked Salam.

Al-Rahi urged during his message the election of a president, which began in May 2014 with the end of the term of Michel Suleiman without the election of a successor.

“We reiterate the calls to elect a president as soon as possible, and we urge the political blocs to take the presidential settlement initiative seriously,” he declared.

An initiative emerged lately by Mustaqbal Movement leader MP Saad Hariri suggesting the nomination of Marada chief MP Suleiman Franjieh for the presidency.

The nomination has been met with reservations from the Kataeb Party, the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces.

Later on Thursday, Salam held talks with Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut Elias Audeh on the occasion of Christmas.



Comments 2
Thumb beiruti 24 December 2015, 20:54

But they have all mortgaged the power to elect a president away to others in exchange for patronage money. So, no President until someone, not depicted in the picture decides on one.

Default-user-icon Hassan (Guest) 25 December 2015, 02:55

Auon is the number 1 choice