French Ambassador to Lebanon, Patrice Paoli, center, attends a mass headed by Patriarch Beshara Rai in Bkirki, Monday, April 6, 2015. (The Daily Star/Maronite Patriarchate Bkerke, HO) =
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Monday lamented Parliament's repeated failure to elect a president, warning that the 10-month-long vacuum in the country's top Christian post paralyzed state institutions and put Lebanon in jeopardy. He implicitly blamed MP Michel Aoun's bloc and its March 8 allies for blocking the election of a successor to former President Michel Sleiman, whose six-year term ended on May 25 . During the Mass in honor of France, Rai said: "We are praying for Lebanon's stability and the election of a new president.A senior Hezbollah official called for the election of a president who would not be influenced by foreign powers.
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