Lebanese political leaders are running again in the 2022 legislative elections

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Since the beginning of March, candidates for the next legislative elections have started to present themselves, from the same political parties as well as independents.

The announcements of the candidates come as the deadline for candidate registration, set for March 8, approaches and the public vote from May 6 in the diaspora.

Voting will begin with Lebanese expats to allow time for voting to be processed. They must vote on May 6 or May 8 depending on which day of the weekend the ballot takes place.

Employees assigned to the electoral process in Lebanon will vote on May 12 and the people on May 15.

The next elections will determine the ministers of parliament as well as the next government, president and prime minister in a system of universal suffrage.

The candidates will run for the 128 seats for a term of 4 years.

The majority of the Lebanese people hope that the next elections will be different with capable new representatives who can lift them and the country out of the current dark times.

However, and unsurprisingly, some of the traditional political figures from the various ruling parties intend to secure their seats and stay in power. They are running again in this selection, including the Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, in office since 1992.

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement appears to be sticking to his earlier declaration of withdrawal from the political scene and boycotting the elections so far.

Some fear that some political parties will try to postpone the elections, which could cause them to lose power in the Legislative Assembly.

However, the Lebanese government has already approved 18 million dollars to organize the elections despite the severe economic crisis. He also invited the European Union to send election observers, who will be led by György Hölvényi as chief observer of the mission.

For more details on voting days, visit here.

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