Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai during the mass that took place in Qannoubine Valley. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Lebanon cannot survive without a president, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Friday during the first day of a visit to the Bekaa Valley, noting that paralysis in Parliament and government was a result of the presidential vacuum.Rai also received a public welcome at the village of Makseh, where he was received by Sheikh Khalil al-Mais, the mufti of Zahle and the Bekaa Valley.Rai headed to Mais' house, where the mufti said that people of the Bekaa Valley have rejoiced over the prelate's visit. Rai said that the meeting at Mais' house, which brought together Muslim and Christian officials, reflected Lebanon's message of coexistence.
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