Maronite Patriarch Beshara Boutros Al-Rai on Sunday said that Interior Minister Ziad Baroud “is a national minister and the hope for every Lebanese person,” adding that “nobody can dispense him.”
His comments came after he met with Baroud, the National News Agency reported.
The formation of a new Lebanese cabinet headed by Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati is reportedly being delayed due to a dispute between President Michel Sleiman and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun over the Interior Ministry portfolio.
Al-Rai, 71, was elected to succeed the 91-year-old Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, who resigned recently after serving for 25 years as Patriarch of Antioch and the Levant for the Maronites.
Maronite church in Lebanon elects new patriarch