Lebanon Patriarch and Hezbollah chief met to discuss presidential vacuum


Patriarch RaiLebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai has reportedly met Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah a couple of weeks ago, al-Akhbar daily reported on Wednesday.

The meeting reportedly took place following a meeting Rai held with the French President Francois Hollande during his trip to Lebanon, the daily added.

Al-Akhbar quoted March 14 sources as saying that the two officials discussed the vacuum at the presidential post in light of a recent proposal to shorten the presidential term from six to two years as a temporary solution.

Bkirki had reportedly proposed the idea which was refuted by Beirut Maronite Bishop Boulos Matar who said that attempts to drag the name of the Maronite patriarchate in this debate “are not innocent.”

Sources at Bkirki did not make any comment about al-Rai’s meeting, but sources from the March 8 alliance said that communications between Bkirki and the leadership of Hezbollah are based on what the Patriarch heard from French sides who emphasized that the key to the presidential election is in the hands of Nasrallah.

Hezbollah sources did not confirm the reports which they described as rumors.

Last April, Hollande visited Lebanon where he met with senior officials and visited a Syrian refugee camp in the eastern Bekaa region.

The Lebanese parliament failed again last month and for the 38th time in a row to elect a president to replace Michel Suleiman whose term ended on May 25 , 2014.

As in the previous sessions the parliament was unable to reach a quorum because the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group and its ally MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc MPs boycotted the session, because they could not reportedly guarantee Aoun’s election as a president

Speaker Nabih Berri a key ally of Hezbollah postponed the election to May 10, 2016, but so far it doesn’t look like we will have a president anytime soon.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea blamed Hezbollah on Friday for the country’s problems and vowed to step up efforts to get the country out of the present situation.

“The status-quo that we are witnessing will continue as along as Hezbollah assigns more priority to the regional interests that it believes are more important that Lebanon,” said Geagea.

Geagea who was the first to announce his candidacy decided to back Aoun in order end the current vacuum , but Hezbollah and Iran , according to analysts do not want a president for Lebanon at this stage despite the fact that they have the votes to guarantee Aoun’s election.



10 responses to “Lebanon Patriarch and Hezbollah chief met to discuss presidential vacuum”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    What IN HELL are two ends of a religious spectrum going to discuss regarding democratic governing??

    1. Daniel'O Avatar

      Because religion and governments are governance, but different names, and maybe laws.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        And thus, in this case, they discuss nothing democratic at all. 😉

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          That’s the way it is sorry.

          In 2011, before all this tragedy taking place was Unthinkable, Sarkozy invited al Rai to Paris and told him: “Take your people for an Exodus to Europe Western Powers will invade the Middle East in November”, you remember?
          Sarkozy and allies knew it, how nice but were busy in Libya, Russia and China vetoed the resolution in extremis. So it was true.


          1. This is so over-the-top moronic it’s actually quite hilarious. I’m even tempted to give it an upvote. If it wasn’t you, I would probably even do it :-).

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Thoughtful Woman, that, and I know it’s a different Christianity. I said ‘Viva La Difference’ when there with the friends. If they were here I’m sure they could blend quite well too. It is friendship and understanding of Life, after all, before religion, which gets us through it.
            Being there is simply killing them, mostly through the lack of any Aid from anyone or any government … even their own churches ignore the plight. Either the ME church is as poor as the Churchmouse, or it has a different attitude. I KNOW there’s a lack of connection to it from here, and probably money-flow as well … unless I haven’t found the right Wizard.

        2. Daniel'O Avatar

          And that’s what I’m saying.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            At the risk of turning this into a long pile of useless diatribe, such as happens when ‘some’ simply come to castigate Hind instead of contributing something perhaps useful to a subject, I will say that is what I meant at the beginning. :-)))

  2. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    A French delegation to Lebanon, Iraq and Syria found that many Christians in the Middle East believe Western policies place economic interests ahead of their well-being.


  3. Rudy1947 Avatar

    “but Hezbollah and Iran , according to analysts do not want a president for Lebanon at this stage despite the fact that they have the votes to guarantee Aoun’s election.”

    It seems that Lebanon already has a President and a Supreme Leader.

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