Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi criticized on Sunday the ongoing failure to elect a president, blaming lawmakers for the delay.

He demanded MPs during his Sunday sermon “to halt the violation of the constitution and elect a president.”

He warned that their actions are threatening to fragment Lebanon and “jeopardize its fate.”

“The election of a president will restore the legislative role of parliament and facilitate the functioning of the government,” added al-Rahi.

“Parliament or cabinet cannot substitute the role of the president and practice all of his privileges,” he stressed.