Cardinal Rai calls in Christmas message for election of new president

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Cardinal Rai calls in Christmas message for election of new president

lbcgroup.tv and dailystar.com.lb

In a grim Christmas message to the Lebanese people, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai acknowledged the ‘darkness’ of the current political phase Wednesday, December 24, as he called for a swift exit from a state of national paralysis.

"Lebanon lives today in the darkness of dependency and the lack of loyalty to the state, both of which lead to the violation of the Constitution and the National Pact," Rai said.

The patriarch also noted the "darkness of political calculations,” which according to him, have prevented consensus over a fair election law that would secure proper representation.

According to Rai, Lebanon can only exit this grim phase through the election of a president who is commended for his history and practices, and who also shows love toward Lebanon, its people and its institutions. He added that Lebanon is in need of a promising and wise head of state who is renowned by his practices and who prioritizes the country’s interests.

Rai said Lebanon needs loyal and competent politicians who believe in sound democracy and human rights and are adamant on the country’s sovereignty, security and stability.

Cardinal Rai also noted that the national memorandum that was released on February 9, 2014 draws a roadmap to steer Lebanon out of its political crisis and its repercussions on the economic and security levels.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 22:16
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