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Rai says will never accept vacuum

Patriarch Beshara Rai heads a mass in Lourdes, Sunday, May 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Maronite Patriarchate Bkerke, HO)

BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said that he would never accept a vacuum in the presidential post and that the election of a new head of state was a way out of Lebanon's crises.

“Electing a new president before May 25 is the way out of the crises we are suffering,” Rai said during his Sunday sermon.

“We cannot accept vacuum, not even for a single day,” the patriarch said.

“In case of a vacuum, let the officials bear the consequences,” Rai warned. “Everyone should be aware that a president is like a head to the body and this should come before all personal considerations.”

Lebanon has less than a week to choose a new head of state, with the possibility of a vacuum in the top Christian post shadowing the country.

 

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