President Michel Aoun speaks in Baabda, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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With 10 days before Lebanon's general elections, President Michel Aoun Wednesday appealed to resident Lebanese and expatriates to participate in the vote, calling it an act of "national duty" and the only way to bring about change in a democracy. Aoun also pleaded with rival parties and candidates competing in the May 6 parliamentary elections, Lebanon's first in nine years, to avoid confessional campaigning during their rallies, warning that sectarian incitement was a recipe for strife.The president's 11-minute televised speech ahead of the legislative elections came as a total of registered and eligible 82,970 expats are gearing up to vote from overseas later this week.Voters in Lebanon will cast their ballots on May 6 .The elections will be held under a new vote law based on proportional representation that divides Lebanon into 15 electoral districts and adopts preferential voting. The new law, which replaced the controversial 1960 majoritarian system used in the 2009 elections, is based on proportional representation and splits the country into 15 voting districts. Aoun decried the latest political escalation between rival parties as the electoral battle was heating up a few days before voting day and urged opposing candidates to shun sectarian mobilization in their attempts to rally their supporters.
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