Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai heads a Muslim-Christian summit in Bkirki, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai reiterated Sunday his criticism of lawmakers' failure to elect a new head of state and said that the Cabinet could not replace the president.The presidency is the top post assumed by Maronites in the country. The Constitution stipulates that the Cabinet assume the president's role in light of presidential vacuum. Lebanon plunged into a presidential vacuum on May 25 with the end of President Michel Sleiman's six-year term and no candidate capable of garnering the required majority to win.
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