A woman presents candidacy papers at the Interior Ministry in Beirut, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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As registration for the elections closed just days before International Women's Day, Lebanon had the largest number of women register as candidates in its history. Of the 976 candidates registered to run in the upcoming May 6 elections, a record number of 111 were women. Of the LL7,808,000,000 ($5,153,280) in registration fees collected by the state Treasury, female candidates contributed LL896,000,000 ($591,360).In Akkar, a list was formed exclusively of female candidates.Although Akkar has seven seats for MPs, the list will only have five candidates running – three Sunni, one Maronite and one Orthodox.More than anything, Chammas said she felt pride in the historic rise of female candidates.
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