Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Beshara Boutros Rahi, said on Sunday that Lebanon will have a new president on Monday, after a disastrous period of vacuum.

In his homily during Sunday Mass held in the patriarchal seat in Bkirky, the prelate recalled that God answered the prayers of the Lebanese, ending two years and six months of vacancy in the presidency.

He said that the Lebanese have suffered the vacancy in question the most, especially in their socio-economic life, as corruption and chaos in public institutions raged and work opportunities became scarce.

The Patriarch urged "political parties to speed up the formation of a new government, since the challenges were many, including the construction of inner unity and reconciliation." Rahi added that the combined efforts of all political parties were pivotal to achieve national objectives.

Rahi hoped that the next President and Prime Minister cooperate with all components of Lebanese society, in order to avoid conflict and political polarization, as well as sectarian and confessional strife within public institutions.

The Patriarch finally prayed for the cessation of hostilities in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Palestine and throughout the Levant and hoped for officials to find political solutions to conflicts. A fact that would ensure the return of refugees to their countries and anchor comprehensive and lasting peace.

Source: National News Agency.

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