Hezbollah supporters wave flags as they listen to Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah in a televised speech in Dahiyeh, Friday, April 13, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Despite a record number of women running in Lebanon's first parliamentary elections in nine years, one political party has decided not to put forth a single female candidate.Only a minority of female candidates are running with established groups, but Hezbollah is the sole conventional party to not field any women. During a televised interview with Al-Mayadeen in January, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said that the party would not be introducing any female candidates in the race, citing the complicated social lives of MPs and corruption in the government as reasons why women were not best placed to join the legislature as it stands. As a politically engaged woman, Assaf spoke about her aspirations to see female representation in her political party of choice. But she considered Hezbollah's decision to distance women from legislative roles for the time being to be not worthy of extended critique. Dima Fakih, a 27-year-old Lebanese woman living abroad, considers herself to be a supporter of the party.
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