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"I have been through so many confrontations in my life, on different levels.Haddad has criticized the Lebanese state from her many posts in the academic and literary worlds, but she said she feels it is now time to step down from the ivory tower and pursue change from within.Out of Lebanon's 128 seats in Parliament, only four are held by women – three of whom hail from political dynasties. Haddad, whose family has no history in politics, is steadfast in her mission both as a female candidate and as an independent.Success in Lebanese elections largely depends on a candidate's affiliation with one of the six relevant political parties, many of which originated as militias during the Civil War. In the current Parliament, there are only 11 independent MPs. Haddad showed no sign of apprehension over her chances. Her undeterred optimism and polished presentation give no intimation of the countless threats of rape, death and – in one instance – acid attack that she has received throughout a career of fearless feminism and outspoken criticism of the state.Haddad considers her campaign unorthodox for countless reasons.For Haddad, these first-time voters are another crucial demographic.Haddad is in the midst of finalizing a seven-point program of priorities, which will include "practical," "specific" tasks.Haddad made it clear she understood the challenges in creating lasting change, but was undaunted.
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