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Rai: Paralyzing state institutions unacceptable
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai used his Sunday Mass to slam obstructionist behavior in the country that he said amounted to an attack on the Lebanese both as individuals and as a nation.

Political attitudes that make and stoke disputes and divisions, disrupt constitutional institutions, violate laws and protect armed aggression, [undermining] internal stability are unacceptable, Rai said at his summer residence in the northern village of Diman.

All these [behaviors] amount to aggression against the human being, against the family and the nation, the patriarch added.

The civil war in neighboring Syria has fueled sporadic clashes in Tripoli, Sidon and Beirut between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

But as the violence next door increasingly destabilizes Lebanon, legislative and executive authorities remain in a state of paralysis. Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salams efforts to form a new government have hit a dead end and Parliament has failed to convene due to lack of a quorum.

Last week, Maronite bishops urged Lebanese to part ways with armed groups and rally behind security forces, saying illegitimate weapons would only bring chaos to the country.