Rahi: Which constitutional act permits the monopoly of a particular ministerial portfolio?

Sun 20 Sep 2020 at 13:51 Politics


NNA - Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, presided over Sunday Mass service at "Our Lady of Elige" Church in Mayfouk this morning.

In his homily, the Prelate criticized the Shiite duo by asking: "In what capacity does a sect demand a certain ministry as if it is its own ministry, and the formation of the government is suspended until it achieves its goal, causing political paralysis and economic, financial and livelihood damage? Where has the tripartite political forces' agreement for reform become: a miniature rescue government, independent specialists with political experience, and rotating ministerial portfolios?"

"Which constitutional act permits the monopoly of a particular ministerial portfolio? We reject this monopoly because it aims to establish the hegemony of a group over the state. Our rejection is not against a specific sect," he added.

Rahi also addressed the Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib, urging him to "abide by the constitution and move forward in forming a government that the people and the world await. There is no need to submit to the conditions, nor to postpone or apologize."

"Form the government and let the parliamentary game run its course. You are not alone," he went on.

Commenting on the regime change, the Patriarch finally said that there is no point in changing the regime in light of the dominance of illegal and out of control weapons, whether they are carried by Lebanese or non-Lebanese.


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