Rahi in his Easter message: We hope the elections yield responsible Statesmen

Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rahi hoped that the forthcoming legislative elections would bring the Lebanese people responsible political leaders and officials.

Rahi, whose words came during Easter message in Bkirki, said, "I hope that the upcoming parliamentary elections will bring responsible and conscious statesmen, despite the dangers caused by the new electoral law on the level of democracy, the Lebanese Charter, national coexistence and freedom of candidacy."

The Prelate criticized the Lebanese State for not bringing any solutions to Lebanese citizens, especially in the issue of private schools, calling on officials to cooperate in this respect.

"The private school wants to preserve teachers' rights, as well as parents and their financial potential, and the quality of education for students," Rahi said, adding that he will keep on struggling and sacrificing to protect the educational system in Lebanon through private schools.

The Cardinal also warned of the difficult economic, social and living conditions that threaten to destabilize the country's internal steadiness.

"Lebanon needs to address the problem of electricity, its growing debt and its rising deficit, the rampant corruption in public institutions and tax evasion, the increase in expenditure without accountability, the increase of employments without production, and the situation of poverty and deprivation," Rahi went on.

He finally prayed for the displaced and the abducted to return to their homeland, and for war to end in Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Yemen, consolidating an eternal peace in the region.

Source: National News Agency