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The Lebanese who live in various countries around the world began to vote this Friday in the country’s parliamentary elections prior to May 15, the date on which citizens residing in the nation will be able to exercise their right to vote.

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According to the Lebanese Foreign Minister, Abdullah Bou Habib, he indicated that the percentage of Lebanese émigrés who voted reached 60 percent, and said that adequate decisions were taken in the face of abuses committed in some countries.

Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Syria, the Sultanate of Oman, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq and Iran welcomed the process this Friday, while another 48 will continue the legislative electoral calendar next Sunday, according to local media.



In Iran, 71.81 percent of registered voters voted, while in Syria this figure reached 70.63 percent.

For his part, the Prime Minister, Najib Mikato, attended the operations room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate the progress of the election day and reviewed the statistics. He thanked the diplomatic corps as well as the Lebanese university students, who act as volunteers in various polling stations.

According to the director general of the expatriate department, Hadi Hashem, there were simple infractions in the voting of its citizens abroad and they were dealt with immediately, guaranteeing that the vote was done calmly and within the legality.

About 103 electoral lists with 718 candidates from 15 electoral districts will go to dispute the 128 parliamentary seats. Some 244,442 Lebanese abroad are registered to vote in these elections, more than half of those registered in 2018.

This is the second time in the country’s history that citizens living abroad can vote for their 128 representatives.

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