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Sunday, 22 May 2022 01:48 GMT

Lebanon Starts Second Phase Of Expat Voting In Parliamentary Elections


(MENAFN- Nam News Network)

BEIRUT, May 9 (NNN-NNA) – The second phase of Lebanese expatriates voting in parliamentary elections kicked off in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 48 other countries yesterday.

More than 25,000 Lebanese voters residing in the UAE are eligible to vote and long queues were reported outside polling stations, Lebanese news platform, L'Orient Today, reported.

A total of 194,348 Lebanese expatriates have registered to cast their votes in the ballot boxes in Lebanese embassies and consulates in Canada, the United States, Australia, and other countries in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Lebanon's President, Michel Aoun, yesterday, visited the Foreign Ministry, to inspect its monitoring of the second phase of expat parliamentary elections, that got underway in the morning, noting he hoped“the elections will end without any problems or objections.”

The first phase of expatriates' voting took place on Friday in 10 countries, namely Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Iran.

The voter turnout in the 10 countries was 59.49 percent on Friday, Lebanese Foreign Minister, Abdallah Bou Habib, was quoted as saying.

The Lebanese elections, which are slated for May 15 at home, come, amid an unprecedented economic crisis that emerged about three years ago, leading to the currency collapse and plunging over 70 percent of the population into poverty.

Holding the elections is among the many requirements from international organisations and donor countries for extending their support to the crisis-hit country.

Parliamentary elections are held in Lebanon every four years, and a total of 718 candidates, including 118 females, are running for the elections of the 128-seat Lebanese parliament.– NNN-NNA

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