| 3 March 2024, Sunday |

Rai accuses officials of creating post-Aoun political ‘vacuum’

Maronite Patriach Beshara al-Rai accused the Lebanese authorities of creating a political vacuum by leaving the presidency unfilled with outgoing president Michel Aoun’s term ending on Monday.


Al-Rai said in his Sunday sermon that officials had “left this supreme and essential presidency in a vacuum, either deliberately, or out of stupidity or selfishness.”


He described the presidency as a “cornerstone” for the unity of the state.


The “presidential vacuum in Lebanon is not a fate but rather a conspiracy,” al-Rai cautioned.


Aoun left the presidential palace in Baabda on Sunday, a day ahead of the official end of his six-year term but without a successor.


Aoun leaves the fragile country in an unprecedented situation where the presidency is vacant at the same time as the cabinet operates in a caretaker capacity.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat