Lebanon will hold first parliamentary elections in 9 years

ABHISHEK BAJPAI 16/12/2017 12:20:18


Beirut, Dec 16: Lebanon will hold its first parliamentary elections in nine years on May 6 next year.


According to agency reports Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk signed the decree, which still requires approval from the government.


As proposed members of the Lebanese diaspora, who will be allowed to vote for the first time, will cast their ballots during the period April 22-27, it said.


Parliamentary elections have been postponed repeatedly due to political instability.


Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil last month said, 92,810 candidates would take part in the next elections, but he didn’t mention the date.


The setting of a date for the ballot comes after Prime Minister Saad Hariri suspended the resignation he had announced in Riyadh.

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