People arrive to submit their candidacy for the upcoming Parliamentary elections at the Interior Ministry in Beirut, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
By midnight Tuesday, nearly 1,000 candidates had registered with the Interior Ministry to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections that promise to be hotly contested between rival political factions and blocs, as well as independents and civil society groups jostling to gain seats in the 128-member legislature.Among the estimated 1,000 candidates, there were 108 female candidates, compared to only 12 female candidates registered in the last parliamentary elections in 2009, said Faten Younis, head of political and refugee affairs at the Interior Ministry.The list included candidates from Berri's Amal Movement and Hezbollah in line with the two main Shiite parties' permanent electoral coalition.Although rival political parties are still exploring possible alliances in elections that will be conducted under a new proportional vote system for the first time, Hariri confirmed after a meeting with MP Walid Jumblatt Monday night that the longstanding coalition between the Future Movement and Progressive Socialist Party in all districts would continue.The Future Movement's parliamentary bloc highlighted the importance of holding the elections on time.
Berri, Hariri seek to iron out budget snags
to visit Syria deepens
Deal averts fuel crisis as govt seeks to finalize budget
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE