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Rai urges formation of consensual Cabinet
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai called Monday for the speedy formation of a consensual government to replace the current Cabinet of caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

We want a government that enjoys a consensus as soon as possible, Rai told reporters at Beirut airport ahead of an official visit to France.

Rai stressed the need for Lebanon to reach a new electoral law that provides fair representation to all groups in the country, adding that Bkirki does not dictate political opinion.

All the political parties agree on a hybrid law and we bless whatever the Lebanese agree upon, he added.

Rai met President Michel Sleiman at Baabda Palace prior to leaving for France.

During his four-day visit to Paris, Rai will hold talks with French President Francois Hollande and other senior officials, including Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.