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The Maronite Patriarch seeks dialogue with Hezbollah
The meeting between the cardinal-designate and a delegation of the Party of God is followed by those with the opposition and Christian politicians. Agreement on the need for dialogue to end the crisis and the need, in principle, for a truly representative electoral law.
Maronite Church: electoral reform, for full Christian representation
Patriarch Bechara Rai rejects the existing system, which refers to the majority system established in 1960, and calls for a reform that grants the vote to expatriates. He calls for "respect" for the election date scheduled for the spring of 2013. Meanwhile, the March 8 and March 14 factions bring battle over reform into the open.
Sfeir: the election of the president is "paved with bad intentions"
Concerned statements from the Maronite patriarch, according to whom "some" are preoccupied with realising their own interests "at Lebanon's expense". A reminder to parliamentarians of their responsibility, and criticism of the "parallel state" of Hezbollah.
Today's meeting in Beirut could seal the failure of the Arab initiative
The second day of meetings between Moussa, Gemayel, Hariri, and Aoun appears to be crucial. Patriarch Sfeir invokes God, that "he may spare us the worst". Yesterday, a meeting between Saudi Arabia and Egypt to apply pressure to Syria.
Bishops act to end divisions between Maronite political leaders
The initiative comes following the release of a statement last month highlighting the crisis within the Maronite community and offering some suggestions as to how to solve it. A bishops’ commission met Michel Aoun this morning and will meet Suleiman Frangieh and Samir Geagea later in the day.
Lebanon must overcome crisis, say Maronite bishops
Prelates and Cardinal Sfeir criticise adjournment of 'national dialogue'. For the Patriarch, President Lahoud is no longer qualified to lead the country.
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