Al-Rahi: I Do Not Support Calls for Government’s Resignation

Posted on: May 24, 2012 at 00:16
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi voiced on Thursday his support for the various calls for holding dialogue in Lebanon away from the threat of arms.

He said: “I do not support calls for the resignation of the government.”

He made his remarks upon his return to Lebanon from a tour of North America.

One does not demand the resignation of the government or burn tires calling for its collapse whenever disputes erupt in Lebanon, continued the patriarch.

“Demands for its resignation are signs that we do not respect anything in Lebanon,” he added.

“The government needs stability and trust. There are constitutional measures that can be adopted when it reaches a dead end,” al-Rahi stated.

Furthermore, he noted: “Only the army protects us and the country.”

“The military institution alone defends the state,” he declared.

The March 14 forces have grown increasingly critical over the government’s performance in light of the recent instability in Beirut and northern Lebanon.

They have also questioned the government’s ability to supervise the 2013 parliamentary elections, demanding that it be replaced with a neutral cabinet.
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