ASIA/LEBANON - Churches call for the rapid formation of a new government

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 politics   human rights   local churches  


Beirut (Agenzia Fides) - An urgent appeal to political forces to accelerate the process of formation of a new government, to eradicate the instability in which they are dragging the country to pursue their own interests, in the face of increasing internal and regional challenges: this is the appeal issued this morning by the superior council of the Melkite Greek Catholic community, presided over by Patriarch Yusuf Al-Absi, in the presence of the various ministers and deputies received at the Patriarchal See in Rabwe.
As Fides learns, the Council appeals to political forces to make national institutions work instead of resorting to "unhealthy options" such as those sponsored by those who invoke a government of transition and management of current affairs.
The Council noted the existence of an economic crisis that is reflected in various sectors, the lack of liquidity and the high interest of loans, together with the increase in taxes that paralyze investments and afflict mortgage loans. Patriarch Absi joins the numerous appeals already released by the Maronite Church to draw attention to the crisis in Catholic schools, a "hot topic", once again neglected by Parliament in its meetings.
The voice of Absi joins that of the Cardinal and Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai, who concluded yesterday his pastoral trip in Canada. In recent trips abroad, both Patriarchs spoke to the Lebanese diaspora, hoping for urgent government formation. In reference to the nation's structural and environmental problems, Patriarch Rai said that "the current government has failed to achieve anything in the electricity sector or in waste management. We need people who are committed to re-launch the Country's economy".
Lebanon has been without a government for five months and this uncertainty has an impact on fundamental policies regarding the future of the Country and on the basic needs of the population. (PR) (Agenzia Fides, 02/10/2018)