Mikati: President to be elected when regional atmosphere is cleared out

NNA - Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Rahi received on Thursday in Bkirki former Prime Minister Najib Mikati who wished that this holiday would bring with it good news for the families of the kidnapped military personnel.

He also wished a President of the Republic would be elected soon in Lebanon.

"During the meeting, we talked about the current situation in Lebanon and the efforts undertaken by his Beatitude to elect a new president. I say efforts because there is no specific initiative but efforts with various parties, publicly and away from the spotlight, to facilitate the election of a new president," Mikati said.

Asked if he was still pessimistic about the impossibility of electing a new president in the coming days, despite the delegates' activity, Mikati said "we will have a new president, but not in the coming days or months, because this matter needs time, until the situation in the region gets clear."

Pertaining to the case of the military hostages, the former Prime Minister congratulated Salam on the road map that has been mentioned recently to resolve this issue, yet wondered "why we waited that long (four months) to come up with a road map?"

Tackling the presidential elections file, Mikati said "the Lebanese need to be aware that this country is for all of us, and we have one ultimate goal which is the interest of the nation that brings us all together."

"Unfortunately, some parties are connected to foreign sides and comply with orders from abroad, adding to the fact that Lebanon is part of this region. Thus, we cannot talk about solution in Lebanon in a region shaken with tension and with continuous attempt to find solutions to its complex issues.

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