Akkar's all woman list was formed to take on the established parties in a district with a majority of female voters.m (The Daily Star/HO)
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In defiance of Lebanon's traditional electoral scene, an all-women list running in the northern district of Akkar for the upcoming parliamentary elections is seeking to spearhead change. The "Women of Akkar" list will contest five of the district's seven seats for the May 6 elections.As head of the 10,452 party – a reference to Lebanon's area in square kilometers – Elmourad said she initially tried reaching out to both male and female civil society actors in the area to form a list outside the established political class.Women of Akkar has meanwhile garnered much attention since it officially announced its plans to run."The chaos that these [elections have caused] has created dissatisfaction among [citizens] – including men," Elmourad said.She said Women of Akkar constitutes a strong alternative for voters since the candidates have a clean political record and haven't had a hand in political problems to date.
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