Rai says MPs are responsible for the infringement on the nation’s dignity.
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai warned Sunday that Cabinet indefinitely replacing the president would amount to "a grave violation" of the National Pact on equal power-sharing between Muslims and Christians.Under the pact, the presidency is allotted for the Maronites, the premiership for Sunnis and the speakership for Shiites.Lawmakers from MP Michel Aoun's parliamentary Change and Reform bloc, Hezbollah and its March 8 allies have thwarted the required quorum by boycotting the sessions, in a clear bid to pressure their March 14 rivals into agreement beforehand on a consensus candidate for the presidency.The presidential void has paralyzed Parliament legislation and is threatening the government's work. Rai urged MPs to abide by the Constitution and the National Pact and work to pull the country out of "the state of confusion, divisions and paralysis" by electing a president.Abu Faour, whose bloc has nominated Aley MP Henri Helou for the presidency, urged all parliamentary blocs to attend Monday's Parliament session and vote for a president.However, Hezbollah's deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem said it was not possible to elect a president without consensus between the March 8 and 14 camps.
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