Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, center, meets with a number of foreign ambassadors in Bkirki on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/NNA,HO)
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The vacancy in the top Christian post will leave Lebanon vulnerable to accumulating security, economic and humanitarian challenges, a U.N. diplomat said Wednesday following a meeting between the Maronite spiritual leader and diplomats from the five permanent Security Council members.His appeal was echoed separately by the Future Movement and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea. Aoun has said he would run only if he emerges as a consensus candidate while insisting he is the natural representative of Lebanese Christians.The Future Movement called on the March 8 alliance to clearly announce their candidate, alluding to Aoun, and warned against a vacuum in the presidency, especially in light of the threats facing the country.Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Tuesday called for the swift election of a president, saying an intra-Christian accord was a prerequisite for the Future Movement to formulate a stance regarding a presidential poll.
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