Saturday, 24 August 2019 05:28 GMT

Lebanon's elections to have 111 women

(MENAFN) Following the nomination of 111 women for the upcoming chamber for elections due to take place on 6 May this year, a member of the Hezbollah Political Bureau said the military party had "reservations" about an expanded role for women in the Lebanese Parliament-because such duties "distract them from their homes."

Rima Fakhry, a graduate of the American University of Beirut who was the first woman to serve on the party's Political Bureau, made the remarks which sparked a storm in social media.

Hezbollah's historical ally, the conservative all-Shiite Amal Movement, nominated one woman for the next parliament- the current Minister of Administrative Reform, Enaya Ezzidine.

Lebanese women were given the right to vote and run for office back in 1953 but they didn't get their first MP until 1963.


Lebanon's elections to have 111 women

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