Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, left, receives Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea in Bkirki, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Maronite Patriarchate Bkerke, HO)
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A Lebanese Forces MP Friday launched a scathing attack against Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai for comments he made about the presidential stalemate, saying the March 8 group was to blame for the continued vacuum.The Maronite patriarch said late Thursday in Washington that the political class as a whole was to blame for the inability of Parliament to elect a new president, saying that the March 8 and the March 14 coalitions could no longer continue "on two separate paths".Zahra said Rai should refrain from making such remarks if he had no intention of supporting or opposing one group over the other. Some March 8 MPs have boycotted 10 parliamentary sessions to elect a new president, arguing that the meetings were futile unless rival parties agreed on a consensus candidate.
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