The Maronite bishops synod reiterated on Thursday Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi’s stance regarding the ongoing presidential vacuum, considering that the delay in electing a new head of state violates the constitution and the national pact.


“The absence of the head of state poses a threat to the country,” the synod said after its annual retreat. The synod slammed the failure of lawmakers to attend parliament sessions to elect a new president, describing their behavior as “unacceptable.” Lebanon has been plunged into a leadership vacuum after Michel Suleiman’s presidential term ended on May 25 with rival political blocs still divided over a new leader.Over the past two months the parliament convened seven times to try to elect a successor to Suleiman but failed during the last six sessions due to a lack of quorum. [Link]