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“I fear there will not be a president for Lebanon for a long time, we are scared this will effect the Christians here,”

November 25, 2007 Lebanon (Al Jazeera)-The head of Lebanon ‘s Maronite Christian church has warned that the situation in the country is “critical” after Emile Lahoud’s term as the president expired with no agreement on his successor.

Nasrallah Sfeir, Maronite cardinal, at Sunday prayers urged Christian politicians to put aside their differences and work to find a compromise.

“Everyone, especially decision-makers and those with responsibilities, must prove that they have seriousness and true nationalism,” he said.

Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr outside the Bkirki church said that the Patriarch was considered by Christians to be a defender of their political rights.

“The patriarch said that Lebanon is at a critical juncture in its history, there will be either stability or chaos,” she said.

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“I fear there will not be a president for Lebanon for a long time, we are scared this will effect the Christians here,” one worshipper told Al Jazeera as he left church.

Another said that Lebanon ‘s leaders needed to make scarifices for the good of the country.

“We are scared for the country, someone has to take control,” she said.

Military power

Shfeir met Fouad Siniora, the prime minister, on Saturday to discuss the political crisis after the departing Lahoud said he was handing over power to the military.

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‘Syrian control’

However, Samir Geagea, a Christian leader in the ruling majority, accused Syrian-backed Hezbollah of obstructing last Friday’s planned election.

“We will not let Syria control again Lebanese politics no matter what happens,” he said at a news conference.

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