| 7 December 2023, Thursday |

Rahi criticizes those obstructing government formation

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rahi, harshly criticized during Sunday Mass sermon in Bkirki today, those who are obstructing the formation of the government, saying: “Dear officials: the government, the ministries, the authority and the institutions are not yours, but for the people. Enough with conditions and counter-conditions that do not serve the country and the citizens, but rather the interests of the politicians.”

Rahi stressed that “political practice confirms, no matter how long it takes, that it will not rise from its situation without an international conference declaring its neutrality.”

The Patriarch considered if the officials had a culture of public service, they would not have led the country to the collapse of constitutional institutions and exclusive sovereignty over the land and the economy with all its sectors and funds, and they would not have put citizens in a state of hunger.

He pointed out that “the responsibility of the United Nations and friendly countries is to delve into the Lebanese file, and to the essence of the solution. It is true that we need a government, but we need to solve the issues and conflicts that prevent Lebanon from being a normal country.”

  • NNA