» 07/17/2007, 00.00
Presidential election at risk if constitution not respected, says Cardinal Sfeir
Maronite patriarch warns against the danger that ruling majority and opposition choose each their own president. A French envoy is said to be already in Damascus. Lebanese army death toll in clashes in Nahr al-Bared now stands at 100.
Obstinacy on both sides can lead to the country’s downfall, says Sfeir
The cardinal calls on all parties to give up their attitude of total inflexibility towards one another. French envoy is expected today in Beirut; his visit should lead to a second round of talks.
Sfeir asks Lahoud to guarantee a regular presidential election
Friday’s meeting between the Maronite Patriarch and the Lebanese president continues to be at the centre of attention. Cardinal Sfeir is said to have asked the president not to try to get a new government formed, something which Lahoud appears to still want.
Maronite bishops urge Christian leaders to reconcile
A special commission is expected to meet Christian political leaders, currently split between majority and opposition. Arab League secretary general should renew his mediation efforts, but the opposition no longer wants a national unity government; instead, it is demanding early elections.
Bishops against constitutional changes to presidential election process
At the end of their monthly meeting, Maronite prelates express their gratitude to the Pope for his closeness to Lebanon. They voice concern about the country’s deteriorating economic situation.
National dialogue begins as bishops distance themselves from Lahoud
The president is a divisive factor among Lebanese and must "assume his responsibilities before God and History," say the prelates.
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