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Rahi solicits new government to draft new electoral law, approve budget

The 50th session of the Council of Patriarchs and Catholic Bishops in Lebanon was held in Bkirki under the chairmanship of Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rahi, with the participation of Apostolic Nuncio, Monsignor Gabriel Caccia representing Pope Francis, and with the participation of a number of patriarchs and Catholic bishops.

After the prayer, Patriarch Rahi gave a speech in which he thanked God for the election of a new president after two years and five months of vacuum, and for the appointment of a Prime Minister.

The Maronite prelate hoped that "a new, unifying government comprised of competent ministers will be formed soon."

"The new government must achieve comprehensive national reconciliation starting with the drafting of a new electoral law, ensuring proper representation and enabling the voter to exercise his right to demand accounts," he added.

The patriarch also called on the new government to contribute to the recovery of the economy and strengthen its development as well as to approve the budget.

He finally called on the State to support ecclesiastical institutions in their legislation and development projects.

For his part, the Apostolic Nuncio, Gabriel Caccia, praised the mission of the patriarchs who will be going to Rome this week for the appointment of new cardinals including the papal nuncio in Syria, Archbishop Mario Zenari.

Caccia called for more awareness for an integral ecology not only environmental, economic and social but also human.

He also pointed out three realities: "First, the emergence of the number of refugees and the need to welcome them as the Pope's appeal which asked each parish to house one family, second, the importance of behaving fairly with the domestic workers who come to Lebanon, and third, the need for the Church of the East to help the universal Church on the path of Islamic-Christian dialogue."

He finally expressed his joy for the election of a new President of the Republic, hoping that this agreement would be the beginning of a new phase of State re-building.

Source: National News Agency