Rahi Calls from Venezuela for a Vote Law that 'Meets Lebanese People's Aspirations'

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi urged lawmakers to agree on an electoral law that meets the aspirations of the Lebanese people, the state-run National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

"MPs must reach an accord over a vote law that meets the aspirations of Lebanese people inside the country and around the world,” al-Rahi said after meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Tuesday eve.

Speaker Nabih Berri postponed Wednesday's parliamentary session to Friday for lack of quorum after the majority of March 14 alliance MPs and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat's National Struggle Front reached a deal on the hybrid law.

The lawmakers were set to vote on the Orthodox gathering's draft electoral law during Wednesday's session.

However, during a press conference that several of March 14's MPs held in parliament, Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan said: “We reached a deal on the hybrid law that Berri had previously proposed.”

Berri invited a parliamentary electoral subcommittee to hold consecutive meetings until 6:00 pm Friday under his chairmanship.

Al-Rahi pointed out that the Venezuelan head of state gives a special attention to the Middle East, and relies on Lebanon's role in this respect.

Meanwhile, Maduro said after the talks: “We discussed peace and the importance of healing wounds to defend peace."

He stated: "Peace, sovereignty, independence and self-determination are the Syrian people's rights.”

"All foreign interference in Syria must stop, as well as acts of terrorism and divisions inside the country.”

Comments 6
Thumb primesuspect 15 May 2013, 19:32

Our friend Rahi is now visiting my counrty. Didn't he leave lebanon 2 months ago? wat a loooong holiday. Bkerke must be very rich.

Missing ghzayel 18 May 2013, 10:46

bkirki real estate assets were estimated in the 80's at 3 billion usd

Missing ghzayel 18 May 2013, 11:26

looking at cardinal rahi's picture i thought the new roman pope forbade the clergy from wearing golden crosses???

Missing -karim_m1 16 May 2013, 07:42

God bless Al Rahi for safeguarding the interests of the Christians and standing up to the terrorism and intimidation of Saudi Arabia.

Missing -karim_m1 16 May 2013, 14:30

Speak for yourself Al Qaeda sympathizer. The Lebanese army is respected by the overwhelming majority of the free Lebanese citizens. If you dont like it go join your FSA-Al Qaeda terrorist brethren and let the Lebanese live in peace.

Missing ghzayel 18 May 2013, 11:19

in 2005, the morning of the famous 14th of march day, when the masses rallied around martyr's square, who prevented them first from entering the square before they forced their way in???
the army has a big and glorious role ahead to play in lebanon but so far and at least since the end of the civil war this role unfortunately did not materialize.