Prime Minister Saad Hariri has stressed that Saudi Arabia is keen on Lebanon's stability and that Hizbullah is “still committed” to the political settlement that led to the election of President Michel Aoun and the formation of his government.
Speaker Nabih Berri announced Sunday that the current battle in the country is between “sectarianism and democracy.”
“The battle now is exactly between sectarianism and democracy,” Berri said during an annual gathering organized by the AMAL Movement for the Lebanese diaspora.
Referring to the upcoming parliamentary elections, the Speaker added: “I know the pressures that you are facing and I know that the campaign is mainly targeted against the resistance, but vote despite all of this.”
El Movimiento de Resistencia Islámica de El Líbano (Hezbolá) ha celebrado un gran festival electoral en Beirut. En esta ocasión, su secretario general, Seyed Hasan Nasrolá, ha destacado la necesidad de estar unidos ante las tensiones crecientes de la región y a votar por la verdadera opción patriótica.
Bajo el lema “defendemos y construimos”, Hezbolá organizó su festival electoral en la capital libanesa, para las elecciones parlamentarias libanesas del 6 de mayo, las primeras desde 2009.
Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq met on Friday with the EU's head of mission for electoral monitoring Elena Valenciano, in the presence of EU Ambassador Christina Lassen where talks focused on the logistic and technical preparations for the parliamentary elections, the National News Agency reported.
For her part, Valenciano said more than 100 observers will monitor the elections, noting that a group of them will be responsible for monitoring expatriates'voting across 10 EU countries on April 29, including Switzerland.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil are expected to separately visit "Lebanon's southern border area," 24 days before the country's parliamentary elections start, in a bid to "garner support" for their candidates running in the May 6 polls, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.
"The visits have specific significance and bear political connotations," said the daily, since it comes shorlty before the elections.
Vingt-quatre observateurs européens ont commencé à se déployer hier dans les régions libanaises, dans le cadre d’une mission de la délégation de l’Union européenne pour l'observation des législatives (EU EOM).
Battles for Lebanon's parliamentary elections have brought back political confrontations between the two Druze leaders in Mount Lebanon, leader of the Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblat and head of the Lebanese Democratic Party, Minister of the Displaced Talal Arslan, Asharq al-Awsat daily reported Tuesday.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday urged the Lebanese to refrain from casting votes in favor of parties who abstain from introducing reforms they once vowed to do.
Addressing the Lebanese community at the opening of the Lebanese Diaspora Energy conference for Europe in Paris, Hariri said: “You are our secret weapon. You must as well threaten us into introducing reforms, otherwise you may refrain from voting for us.”
Une étude effectuée par l’association Adyan analyse l’influence du communautarisme sur les choix électoraux de la nouvelle génération.
S’il est clairement établi qu’une bonne partie des Libanais continuent d’être affectés par le climat confessionnel ambiant qui régit plusieurs aspects de la vie sociale et politique, il est moins certain que cette attitude ait été systématiquement transmise aux nouvelles générations.
One month before Lebanon holds its legislative elections, Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq and the Central Internal Security Council decided to deploy 20,000 military and security members over 7000 poll stations around the country as part of a security plan on election day, al-Joumhouria daily reported Friday.
Mashnouq chaired an extraordinary meeting of the Central Internal Security Council on Thursday and discussed the security plan for the May 6 elections to ensure coordination among security apparatuses.
La participation des Libanais de la diaspora aux élections législatives au Liban était une très ancienne revendication soulevée par plusieurs partis et milieux locaux pendant des décennies. La concrétisation de cette vieille doléance a été certes une avancée louable. Sauf que… la nécessaire implication des Libanais de l’étranger dans la vie publique de leur mère patrie devient, d’entrée de jeu, viciée à la base lorsqu’un abus de pouvoir s’en mêle pour favoriser les candidats du parti ou de la faction en charge de l’exécutif.
The European Union has decided to send a specialized delegation to Lebanon led by Spanish MEP Elena Valencia with the aim of monitoring the May 6 parliamentary elections, a media report said.
A report published Tuesday by al-Joumhouria newspaper quoted EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini as saying that the European Union is paying special attention to these elections, the first that Lebanon organizes in around a decade.
Mogherini noted, according to the daily, that Lebanon's stability and economic growth are important for the entire region.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri has confirmed that al-Mustaqbal Movement is in favor of the reelection of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to his post.
“The relation with Speaker Nabih Berri is excellent,” Hariri told MTV.
“We have a long journey with him and we always agree on the issues that have to do with the country's interest and the things that benefit citizens,” the premier added.
He also stressed that his bloc will back Berri's reelection.
MP Hani Qobeissi of Berri's AMAL Movement had warned Saturday that there are attempts to "weaken" Berri.
Registration of electoral lists has closed at midnight and the interior ministry said a total of 77 lists, the largest in the history of parliamentary elections, and 917 candidates will run in the upcoming legislative elections.
The registration of lists was accompanied by individual withdrawals, where 58 candidates were not included into any of the lists and decided to pull back, said the ministry.
Civil society groups and the Sabaa Party on Monday announced an electoral coalition spanning nine districts for the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The coalition, dubbed 'Kollona Watani', is the result of “more than a year and a half of serious work,” the groups said in a statement.
“The lists comprise 66 candidates from all sects across the country... This is the biggest electoral coalition in Lebanon's modern history. Through this move, the civil society is sending a powerful message that the citizen now has a serious alternative to the ruling class,” the groups added.
In Hizbullah's stronghold of Baalbek-Hermel district, a new electoral list called the National Cedar list was officially registered at the Interior Ministry on Friday to compete against Hizbullah-AMAL alliance in the upcoming elections.
The National News Agency said the list of ten candidates was submitted to the ministry Friday to win ten seats distributed as follows: 6 Shiite seats, 2 Sunni seats, 1 Catholic, 1 Maronite.
The Progressive Socialist Party and the Lebanese Forces on Thursday submitted to the Interior Ministry their electoral lists for the Chouf-Aley and Baabda districts.
PSP chief MP Walid Jumblat's son “Taimur Jumblat visited Thursday morning the headquarters of the Interior Ministry in Sanayeh, where he registered the Reconciliation List of the Chouf-Aley district,” a PSP statement said.
El líder del partido-milicia chií libanés Hezbolá, Hasán Nasralá, ha pedido este miércoles que se "mejore"la ley electoral y ha asegurado que su partido no presenta impedimentos sobre el presidente libanés, Michael Aoun,en relación con las conversaciones sobre la estrategia de defensa después de las elecciones.
"Las próximas elecciones representan una gran oportunidad para que el pueblo libanés vuelva a producir sus autoridades nacionales",ha asegurado Nasralá, según ha recogido el portal de noticias local 'Naharnet'.
In light of Lebanon's preparations for its long-awaited parliamentary elections, Speaker Nabih Berri said he is “looking forward for high voter turnout,” urging the Lebanese to “practice their national duty” and cast their votes, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday.
“We are looking forward for massive election turnout. It is the national duty of each citizen,” Berri told the daily in an interview.