Patriarch calls for new leadership in Lebanon

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai called for new leadership in Lebanon that will work for the sake of the public good, stressing that the Lebanese people should start evaluating their representatives with a free conscience.

“The fate of the country must no longer be in the hands of those who are not concerned with its fate,” he stressed in his Sunday sermon in the north Lebanon town of Diman, the patriarch’s summer residence

“Lebanon needs new leaders who can resist injustice, corruption and waste of public funds,” Rai said

Rai also stressed that Lebanon needs to keep pace with modernism and globalization and this will require an overhaul of the current leadership and structure.

Rai added, to accomplish these goals, the country needs leaders that are able to handle economic, social and political affairs “in a spirit of impartiality and work for the sake of the public good.”

His comments come after the Maronite bishops warned last Wednesday of economic collapse in Lebanon because of the state’s failure in meeting the needs of the private and public institutions.

The bishops blamed the current situation on poor economic policies, lack of a clear, unified vision, putting personal and sectarian interests before national interests, lack of respect for the rules of democracy, increase in corruption, and poor decision-making capability due to the deep political divisions.

The bishops stressed that the time has come to look for radical solutions for the economic crisis

  • Constantin7

    Very well said, but the people should be educated to elect wisely their representatives, otherwise the same old corrupt people are going to be elected and re-elected.  

  • Constantin7

    Very well said, but the people should be educated to elect wisely their representatives, otherwise the same old corrupt people are going to be elected and re-elected.  

    • dateam

      thats the problem whose going to do the educating? what amazes me is that the new generation who is educated is falling in the same feudeal mentality across the whol;e board?

      • bs244846

        well without being a supporter of aoun and hizbollah i believe these two have an examplary civic and civil conduct which should be a lesson in patriotism to all…i personally do not believe in mixing cultures hence a confederation is best according to me however if we had a gram of lebanese nationalism we should all follow nasrallah and general aoun and put the criminal geagea in jail and the saoudi hariri extradited to his mother land saoudi arabia

        • Chief Box

          Lebanon needs true, honest, and most of all LEBANESE leaders, as the Patriarch  suggested; not Iranian, Saudi, Israeli, American, or Syrian puppets that have sold out Lebanon. Splitting up Lebanon is a terrible idea and plays right into the hands of those same external meddling forces that want to divide and concur -don’t buy into the confederation crap,

  • Hannibal

    I’m ready! Hannibal for president! Then we conquer Rome… lol

    • MeYosemite

      You got my vote

    • Prophettttt

      Hannibal,for a second I was going to give you my vote.Give the poor Lebanese electricity before you conquer anything.lol.
      You’re acting like typical leaders before you get there. We need to dispose of you already.lol
      You get my vote after all,unless geo is running.
      Good day.

      • Hannibal

        dab is my vice president lol

        • Prophettttt

          In this case, I volunteer my time for your campaign. Get leo on board to.

    • Prophettttt

      Hannibal,for a second I was going to give you my vote.Give the poor Lebanese electricity before you conquer anything.lol.
      You’re acting like typical leaders before you get there. We need to dispose of you already.lol
      You get my vote after all,unless geo is running.
      Good day.

      • Hannibal

        dab is my vice president lol

        • Prophettttt

          In this case, I volunteer my time for your campaign. Get leo on board to.

  • I’m ready! Hannibal for president! Then we conquer Rome… lol

    • MeYosemite

      You got my vote

    • Prophettttt

      Hannibal,for a second I was going to give you my vote.Give the poor Lebanese electricity before you conquer anything.lol.
      You’re acting like typical leaders before you get there. We need to dispose of you already.lol
      You get my vote after all,unless geo is running.
      Good day.

      • dab is my vice president lol

        • Prophettttt

          In this case, I volunteer my time for your campaign. Get leo on board to.

  • Patience2

     “…who can resist injustice, corruption and waste of public funds,”  This definitely eliminates any possibility of Aoun or his cronies in future Lebanese politics!

    • bs244846

      patience lol aoun corrupt hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh u r joking i hope, if not go check a psychiatrist…you can say he is naive, he is idiot…..a bad politician but to say he is corrupt hhhhhhhh you make me laugh…maybe you are confusing him with geagea and hariri

  • Patience2

     “…who can resist injustice, corruption and waste of public funds,”  This definitely eliminates any possibility of Aoun or his cronies in future Lebanese politics!

    • bs244846

      patience lol aoun corrupt hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh u r joking i hope, if not go check a psychiatrist…you can say he is naive, he is idiot…..a bad politician but to say he is corrupt hhhhhhhh you make me laugh…maybe you are confusing him with geagea and hariri

      • master09

        So you are saying not all Lebanese politicians are corrupt. Now that needs a big laugh.. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM IS A CROOOOKKK… SELLING LEBANON TO WHO EVER PAYS THE MOST….Be it those you support or not… Prove, PROVE  that  Aoun is not corrupt or the others are not or are      .. Without FACTS you all sound the same… BLA BLA BLA… Who that person support is an angle and the rest are evil… LOL 

  • Prophettttt

     Right on Patriarch!!!Politicians and leaders need to be changed  regularly and for the the same reasons.

  • Prophettttt

     Right on Patriarch!!!Politicians and leaders need to be changed  regularly and for the the same reasons.

  • breakthemould

     These people are good for nothing. They just live in the past all their
    lives. They seem to be going round in circles while the desperate
    country’s needs are not addressed.  No one seems to care any more. For
    some reason the man in the street does not protest. Some one explained
    it to me that had Lebanon been of one confessional colour there would
    have been protests. But, because there are so many religious persuasions
    if one protest takes place it is taken as protest against the other
    religion chief. This theory could be convincing. But, I am not sure –
    slow internet, electricity shortage, water shortage,high food prices,
    traffic problems, schools, hospitals are all human concerns applying to
    every one who breathes in Lebanon. I wish we can get rid of the lot and
    get a fresh breed of politicians. That is what we need I say. These are
    so boring.

  • breakthemould

     These people are good for nothing. They just live in the past all their
    lives. They seem to be going round in circles while the desperate
    country’s needs are not addressed.  No one seems to care any more. For
    some reason the man in the street does not protest. Some one explained
    it to me that had Lebanon been of one confessional colour there would
    have been protests. But, because there are so many religious persuasions
    if one protest takes place it is taken as protest against the other
    religion chief. This theory could be convincing. But, I am not sure –
    slow internet, electricity shortage, water shortage,high food prices,
    traffic problems, schools, hospitals are all human concerns applying to
    every one who breathes in Lebanon. I wish we can get rid of the lot and
    get a fresh breed of politicians. That is what we need I say. These are
    so boring.

  • breakthemould

     These people are good for nothing. They just live in the past all their
    lives. They seem to be going round in circles while the desperate
    country’s needs are not addressed.  No one seems to care any more. For
    some reason the man in the street does not protest. Some one explained
    it to me that had Lebanon been of one confessional colour there would
    have been protests. But, because there are so many religious persuasions
    if one protest takes place it is taken as protest against the other
    religion chief. This theory could be convincing. But, I am not sure –
    slow internet, electricity shortage, water shortage,high food prices,
    traffic problems, schools, hospitals are all human concerns applying to
    every one who breathes in Lebanon. I wish we can get rid of the lot and
    get a fresh breed of politicians. That is what we need I say. These are
    so boring.