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Qabbani: Presidential void damaging security

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani said Friday that the country’s presidential void was increasing security threats, warning against a possible civil clash.

“[Presidential void] opens the door for a looseness in security, and invites those who [are willing to] do Lebanon harm,” Qabbani said in a speech celebrating the upcoming month of Ramadan, which is expected to begin Saturday.

“[It] is an abnormal situation that we should attempt to terminate it immediately,” he said, stressing the need for the election of a new president as soon as possible despite all difficulties and obstacles.

Qabbani warned that the current situation might lead to tension and violence between religious groups in Lebanon. “It is clear that a clash between Lebanese parties or communities ... is possible at any moment,” he said.

He also condemned the extension of any political or religious institution’s term, saying that such acts “rape religious and civil institutions.”





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