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Lebanon is campaigning to get at least five times more women elected to Parliament this spring in its first vote in nearly 10 years, the country's first women's affairs minister says.Despite a relatively free press, diverse religious groups and women in prominent positions in the business world and the media, Lebanon ranks surprisingly low when it comes to female representation in politics, and politicians have failed to act on a movement to institute a quota for women in Parliament.There are only four women in the outgoing Parliament elected in 2009, a flimsy 3 percent of its 128 lawmakers.Compared to other countries in the region, Lebanon ranks as one of the lowest in terms of female representation in Parliament, with only Oman, Kuwait and Yemen having fewer. Holding parliamentary elections in Lebanon is a feat in itself.Even though Lebanon's Civil War ended 28 years ago, its politics are still dominated by former warlords and family dynasties, and elections are often settled behind closed doors.Still, Ogasapian said he expects at least 20 women to make it into Parliament and dozens more to run.One senior member of the Future Movement party said he will recommend 20 percent women's representation.
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