Salam, Sleiman, and Siniora call for election of president on St. Maroun Day

FEBRUARY 9, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Maronite Bishop Boulos Mattar stressed in his sermon on the occasion of St. Maroun Day on Monday that linking presidential elections with regional conflict is a grave mistake, a thing echoed by his felicitating visitors PM Tammam Salam, former President Michel Sleiman and MP Foad Siniora, all of whom called for the prompt election of a president.

“I urge now more than ever the election of a president, and this mass is an important station in the life of the Lebanese,” said Salam.

For his part, former president Sleiman said that the President is the “patron of the republic” in the same way that Saint Maroun is the patron of the Maronite sect.

“It is unacceptable for a president to be elected by ambassadors rather than deputies of the House,” he added.

Head of Future Bloc, Foad Siniora, thought it unfortunate that there was no president to attend this special occasion. He hoped that elections take place soon so that the work of constitutional institutions could go back to normal.