18/03/2023

Christian Front calls on Churches and political parties to ensure continued Christian presence in Lebanon  

BEIRUT — The Christian Front of Lebanon held its periodic meeting at its headquarters in the Ashrafieh neighborhood of Beirut, where it issued a statement about the obstructions of the presidential elections by the intransigence of Shiite factions and their attempts to impose a presidential candidate that would maintain the Shiite grip on Lebanon.

The Front stated that their aim in obstructing the elections is to prevent any candidate who would pursue policies strengthening Lebanese national sovereignty, who enjoys credibility and good international relations, from assuming the presidency. The statement emphasized that Syriac Maronite Patriarch Mor Bechara Butros al-Rai should gather all Christian MPs to discuss the fate of the Christian presence in Lebanon and agree on a candidate who can contribute to restoring the dignity of Christians and all the Lebanese people.

The Front welcomed the announcement made by some MPs and political parties regarding the central system’s failure and the need to move towards a modern system of political and administrative decentralization, remarking that the electoral disruption in the country cannot be solved without decentralization and federalism.

The Christian Front renewed its call to Christian Churches, political parties, and organizations to support the establishment of popular bodies and committees in cooperation with municipalities.

The statement welcomed the Saudi-Iranian agreement if it serves the interests of the countries and peoples of the region and aims to stop absurd wars, interfere in the affairs of states, destabilize security, impoverish, and displace their peoples. The Front stated that there is no solution to crises and wars except by respecting the integrity and sovereignty of states and their peoples.

The Front expressed hope that the agreement would benefit Lebanon and that Iran would stop its military, financial, and political support for Hezbollah and relinquish its control that brought Lebanon to a failed state.