Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai meets with eastern patriarchs in Bkirki, Wednesday, August 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Lebanese presidents should remain in power until a successor is elected, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Thursday, calling to amend the Constitution in a bid to prevent future vacuums in the country's top post.Under the Lebanese Constitution, the president's authority falls to the Cabinet when the presidency is vacant.Rai and the patriarchs of Eastern churches raised the alarm at a meeting with envoys of the five permanent Security Council members and the U.N. secretary-general's representative in Lebanon Wednesday during which they appealed for international action to stop the slaughter of Christians at the hands of militants from ISIS.
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