Lebanon: Focus on the upcoming legislative election 2
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Juli Choquet
Thursday 3 May 2018 Last update on Thursday, May 3, 2018 At 4:02 PM

The 6th of May, Lebanese people are invited to vote for 2018 legislative elections: the first one for nine years. 3,6 million of citizen are registered on the official list said the government. The election will shape the future of Prime Minister Saad Hariri as well as the parliament.

The Lebanese particularity of the political system is that it is based on religious communities: Christian, Sunni Muslim, Shia Muslim, and Maronites. Reviving the 1989 Taif agreement, the president of the Lebanese Republic is a Christian Maronite, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim and the speaker of parliament a Shia Muslim.

The parliament is formed by 128 seats divided between 68 to the Christians and 68 to the Muslims. 583 candidates are eligible for the 2018 legislative vote. 77 lists are registered over 15 districts within the country.

This year, the list is imposed to the people meaning that citizen cannot choose another candidate from their favourite party than the one written on the paper. Indeed the voters first decide the party they would like to be elected and then but this is not mandatory they can formulate the name of their favourite candidate representing the best the party. The sole condition is to write a name of a candidate living in the same district than the voter.

The Lebanese expatriates have already voted: those living within the Arab World in the 27th of April and those outside of the Arab World on the 29th of April. The outcomes are of course not yet being known.

82 965 Lebanese expats were allowed to vote this year: the first in the country’s history after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil that tweeted it.

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