Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai. (AFP PHOTO/File/ANWAR AMRO)
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai condemned the delay in electing a president and the gridlock over the education dossier Saturday, blaming Christian leaders for their failure to agree.Lawmakers have not yet reached a consensus on a candidate to replace former President Michel Sleiman, whose six-year term ended on May 25Michel Aoun, the head of the second largest bloc in Parliament, has been the March 8 coalition's undeclared presidential candidate and has attempted to hold contacts with his rivals in the Future Movement to convince them to vote for him in Parliament, but to no avail. The presidential hopeful has refused to officially announce his candidacy and continues to boycott parliamentary sessions until parties on a consensus candidate. Shortly after, Rai met with Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb in the Patriarch's summer residence in Diman.
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