BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai continued in his quest to elect a new president Sunday, by saying that unless lawmakers address the situation the task would fall to a national conference to fill the presidential void.
Speaking on the spiraling security events in Lebanon Rai said that "perhaps the security situation would shake the conscience of the leaders so that they work on adjusting the situation.”
“Or else circumstances would require a national conference to solve our crisis?" he continued, referring to a high-level meeting of the leaders of each of Lebanon's political parties and factions.
“It is not possible for the country to continue without a captain of the ship,” said Rai, saying that he is “considering politicians who are committed to political work and would therefore resist injustice and tyranny.”
The patriarch added that the president also needs to display reverence to biblical values.
Rai urged political blocs to consider the most qualified candidates to take over the post of the presidency.
The patriarch said that Lebanon’s Christians spread truth and justice, expressing his belief that “this is our mission in Lebanon and the tormented Middle East.”