Yacoubian poses for a picture in Beirut, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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For the first time in Lebanon's history, people fed up with traditional politics have an ally in Parliament, newly elected "civil society" MP Paula Yacoubian told The Daily Star in an interview.The unprecedented independent alliance list Kilna Watani (All for the Nation) under which she ran had not suffered from a lack of confidence, she said. Rather, state "fearmongering" had created the conditions that led to her election as the only civil society MP in Parliament. As the first civil society MP, Yacoubian said she would sit firmly in the opposition – a position that has rarely been taken by political parties in the post-Civil War era.While The Daily Star received a statement from Sabaa asking for Yacoubian to be referred to as a Sabaa MP, Yacoubian said she first and foremost represented Tahalof Watani (the My Nation Alliance), the group that unites all the independent and civil society organizations on the Kilna Watani list.There are just six female MPs in the current Parliament, up from four in the previous Parliament.
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