Maronite bishops attend the monthly meeting in Bkirki, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, April 4, 2012. (The Daily Star/Elie Mansour)
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Maronite bishops lashed out Thursday at MPs who are boycotting Parliament sessions to elect a new president, saying such a move placed the country at a "great risk," amid worrying developments in the region.Lebanon has been without a president since May 25, when the term of President Michel Sleiman expired.The bishops also said Rai's visit to the Holy Land last month had revived hopes of resolving the case of ex-members of the South Lebanon Army who fought alongside Israel during its occupation of south Lebanon and fled to the Jewish state following its withdrawal in 2000 .The Maronite Church in Lebanon argues that many of them were forced to fight alongside Israel.
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