Al-Rahi slams those blocking president election pending 'foreign' instructions


Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi has called on those casting blank votes in the presidential election sessions to declare the name of their candidate.

“Who is your candidate? Why don’t you declare his name and vote for him? If there are names you can negotiate on you would call for negotiations,” al-Rahi said in an interview from Rome with Radio Free Lebanon.

“Why are you doing this only to the Maronite Christian president, whereas the parliament speaker gets elected in one session and the premier gets designated immediately after the parliamentary consultations, as if you are saying that you can without a president,” the patriarch added.

“If you are keen on the (National) Pact, where is the Christian element while you are blocking the president’s election and where is the separation of powers? This is all against the constitution and tyranny and oppression against Lebanon,” al-Rahi decried.

Responding to a question, the patriarch said: “If they were able to resolve the presidential issue domestically, they would have elected a president, and this indicates, week after week, that they are awaiting the keyword from abroad, unfortunately.”

“The Christian majority has proposed a candidate for the presidency, so let others propose a name instead of saying that Christians have not agreed yet. Until now, it seems that there is no consensus over a candidate pending foreign instructions… but the Lebanese officials must hold consultations and vote, seeing as this is how the pope and the patriarch get elected,” al-Rahi said.

“Should we seek an agreement prior to election, we will have neither a pope nor a patriarch,” the patriarch added.

“I say that Lebanon has the right to have a president and no one has the right to block this election, because the absence of a president means that there is a body without a head and also stands for the disintegration of the state,” al-Rahi went on to say.

Comments 2
Missing rabiosa 02 December 2022, 17:07

What do you expect when the speaker of parliament who run it like his own fiefdom cannot even demand his own MPs stay in or vote for a candidate.

Thumb natour 02 December 2022, 19:26

The Christian majority candidate for the presidency is a lie invented by Hezballah as an excuse for obstructing the elections until Michel Aoun gets elected. They insist on Berri or strife but not with the Sunni and Christian posts.