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Lebanon to hold parliamentary poll on May 6

This is the country’s first parliamentary election in nine years

IANS
14:49 December 16, 2017

Beirut: Lebanon is to hold its first parliamentary elections in nine years on May 6 next year, the media reported.

Citing Lebanese news agency NNA, Efe news reported on Friday that Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk signed the decree, which still requires approval from the government.

Under the provisional schedule, members of the Lebanese diaspora — who are being allowed to vote for the first time — will cast their ballots during the period April 22-27, according to NNA.

Parliamentary elections have been postponed repeatedly due to political instability.

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

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