Minimizing Christians’ Presence Unacceptable

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi rejected on Saturday the calls for holding a constituent assembly and said that reducing the Christians presence is totally rejected, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

“We have not implemented the Taef accord yet. What constituent assembly are they talking about?” sources from Bkirki quoted al-Rahi as saying.

“Although introducing reforms is necessary, but changing the regime and cutting down the Christian’s presence is unacceptable,” he added.

The sources refused that al-Rahi be “involved in this matter,” they said “he was the first to reject the attempts for holding a constituent assembly and has warned against it on several occasions the last was from Dar al-Fatwa a year ago.”

They added that the Patriarch believes in “true partnership and refuses attempts of any party or sect to dominate the country.”

There are fears in the country that the ongoing political and presidential vacuum might eventually lead to introducing constitutional amendments or holding a constituent assembly that would radically change the current political system that is based on a delicate distribution of power among the country’s sects.

On Thursday MP Talal Arslan called for holding a constituent assembly and said: “Since 2009 and up until this moment we have asked for holding a constituent assembly. We met with Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in this proposal.”

In June 2012, Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah openly called for “a constituent assembly elected by the people.”

Source Al Nahar

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