BEIRUT: The Maronite bishops Wednesday criticized statements made by some lawmakers on a presidential void, stressing the need for the election to be held on time.
“We are worried by statements made by some MPs about a void,” the bishops said in a statement after their monthly meeting.
“It is as if they [lawmakers] are declaring themselves disabled,” the statement added.
“MPs need to elect a president according to the Constitution and ensure that their duties and responsibilities are performed,” they said from Bkirki, seat of the Maronite Church.
The bishops urged Maronite leaders to commit to an agreement reached in March that underlined the need to hold a timely presidential election.
The meeting in March, chaired by Maronite Cardinal Beshara Rai, brought together Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, head of the Kataeb Party and former President Amine Gemayel, and Zghorta MP Sleiman Frangieh, leader of the Marada Movement.