Monday, June 27, 2022

    Lebanon’s general elections begin with ballot counting.

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    As polling booths for Lebanon’s parliamentary elections closed their doors on Sunday, electoral officials began the counting process.

    Over 3.91 million voters over the age of 21 were eligible to vote, with polling places opening early at 7 a.m. (0400GMT) and closing at 7 p.m.

    According to the Lebanese official news agency, the counting procedure began in the presence of representatives from the rival lists and candidates.

    Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati expressed hope that the elections will result in a new parliament that would assist the country recover from its economic difficulties.

    He went on to say that voter turnout in the elections, which topped 50% in many places, as well as a decision to allow Lebanese expats to vote, were important factors.

    He added that voter turnout in the elections, which exceeded 50% in many areas, along with a decision to allow Lebanese expatriates to vote, were important achievements for the country.

    A total of 718 candidates are running for places in the 128-seat parliament, according to the Interior Ministry.

    Initial results are expected to come out on Monday morning, with the Interior Ministry to announce the official results later.

    The Lebanese elections are taking place as the country has been grappling with a severe economic crisis since late 2019, including massive currency depreciation and shortages in fuel and medical materials.

    After voting concluded, Turkiye praised the peaceful conduct of the elections in Lebanon, voicing hope that their results contribute to social peace, tranquility, and stability.

    In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry also said it hoped that a new government is formed as soon as possible to effectively combat the challenges Lebanon is facing.

    It added that Ankara would continue to support the Lebanese people and state as a strong defender and supporter of the country’s sovereignty, unity, stability, and security.

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