ASIA/LEBANON - Maronite Patriarch: it is “shameful” to have to wait for other countries to decide who shall be the next President of Lebanon

Thursday, 28 July 2016 international politics   oriental churches  


Beirut (Agenzia Fides) - “It is shameful that the Lebanese people should have to wait for years while other countries in the region choose who shall be the new President of their country”. This is how Maronite Patriarch Boutros Bechara Rai stigmatized yet again the institutional paralysis and cross vetoes between the national political forces and foreign interference which for more than two years has prevented the election of a new head of state for Lebanon, an institutional post which Lebanon’s complex system reserves for a Maronite Christian. The Primate of the Maronite Church expressed his thoughts last Tuesday 26 July at a meeting with a delegation of the Northern Lebanese Council of the Order of Lawyers.
Over the past few days a series of meetings– like the one between the Patriarch and candidate Suleiman Franjieh, leader of the Marada party, followed by another with Franjieh and a delegation of the Hezbollah Shiite Party– re-launched in the Lebanese press voices and rumours about a possible unfreezing of the political paralysis , in the game which could resume before the end of September. On the table there remains the presidential office of general Michel Aoun, leader of the Free Patriotic Movement , formally supported by the Lebanese forces of former “enemy” Samir Geagea, but opposed by the Sunni Party Futuro, led by Saad Hariri. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 28/7/2016).