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Presidential void affects security: Gemayel

File - Kataeb leader Amine Gemayel speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Kataeb Party leader Amine Gemayel said Wednesday that the presidential void could affect the security situation and the work of the state institutions, adding void should not prevail for long.

“The void in the presidency post could pose a threat to stability in the country,” Gemayel said after meeting a delegation from the Maronite League and the Maronite Council.

“Void in the presidency could also lead to void in the institutions, and we should respect the National Pact,” he said.

The National Pact is an unwritten agreement formed in 1943 that laid the foundation of Lebanon as a multi-confessional state and has governed the political dynamics of the country to this day.

Gemayel also said that the state of presidential void in the country should not linger and reiterated that Parliament could not legislate in light of a presidential void.

“We should not adapt to the current situation and the status of not having a president for the county,” he said.

“The Kataeb is holding on to its stance that Parliament becomes an electoral body and not a legislative one throughout the period of presidential void, as Article 75 of the Constitution stipulates."





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