Sayyah: Situation of Lebanese Christians Will Be Safeguarded with Election of President

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Maronite Bishops Boulos Sayyah revealed that no new breakthroughs have been achieved in ending the deadlock over the presidential elections, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Thursday.

He told the daily: “The situation of Christians in Lebanon will be safeguarded only with the election of a president.”

“We have no fears over their fate however, but the situation is difficult and we need to be wary of the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” he noted.

Addressing Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi’s recent trip to the United States, the bishop said that his talks with American officials were positive, “but we are awaiting tangible results on the ground.”

Lebanon has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ended in May.

The presidential deadlock stems from the March 8 and 14 camps’ failure to agree on a compromise candidate.

The dispute has prompted the majority of the March 8 camp lawmakers to boycott presidential elections sessions.

The Maronite Bishops Council urged on Wednesday officials to abide by the constitution and elect a president, deeming their failure to do so in favor of holding legislative sessions as a violation of the constitution

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