Lebanon’s election and the need for change

Lebanon’s election and the need for change
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Islam News- By Fatima Aboukhodr*| In a time where the Lebanese people are put under a challenge with political parties, the economic and social issues for most of them seem to be infinite. When taking a closer look into the society, we can see the huge gap that people are striving to thrive since the arousal of the compounded crisis, specifically, the economic and financial crises, followed by COVID-19, and at last, the explosion of the port on August 4, 2020. While external pressure continued to manipulate the Lebanese society, people witnessed a miserable depression that resulted in the decline of the Lebanese currency that reached 30,000 L.L facing the American dollar.
The external intervention, the prices rise, and the Lira downgrading, all play against employees with average salary of two million liras per month. Hence, we can assure that people are facing a perplexing dilemma in the Lebanese elections.
Accordingly, the first round of the expats’ elections started on Friday, May 6 in some Arabic countries such as Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Iran, Egypt, Bahrain, and Jordan. The results of the first round for expatriates’ elections show that 60% of expatriate electors have voted as Abdulluh Bou Habib, minister of foreign affairs, announced. In addition to the second round of expats’ elections that started on Sunday, May 8 in 48 countries distributed in the continents of Europe, Africa, and America.
Bou Habib declared on Sunday the final updates on voters’ turnout in different countries of the Lebanese Diaspora, as follows:
Abu Dhabi: 3,250 out of 5,142 voted (63%)
Dubai: 10,424 out of 19,944 voted (52%)
Europe: 19,000 out of 70,000 voted (27.3%)
France: 28,000 voted (16%)
Turkey: 506 out of 1000 voted
Germany: 4,100 out of 16,000 voted (25%)
Africa: 3,700 out of 17,500 voted (21%)
It is worthnoting that registered 194,348 voters were eligible to cast their ballots at 192 polling stations around the world.
The Lebanese electors have knocked the doors for people to their own benefits, and a big range of electors exploit people’s points of weaknesses to satisfy their needs and achieve their goals. Under different sectors, the number of candidates for the parliamentary elections reached 1043 candidates distributed around cities and countries of Lebanon.
The arguments between parties vary in their perspectives especially during the declined financial and economic situation of the country, where corruption is extended in the political system along with the external and international pressure on some parties in the country.
On the other hand, the Shiite Duo (Hezbollah and Amal Movement) and the Free Patriotic Movement consider these elections a battlefield as Hezbollah leader Hassan Narsullah stated in his speech. He assured that Israeli war of 2006 is recurring politically in the elections, thus urging voters to contribute to a new victory and claiming that they cannot be headed by a criminal; Samir Geagaa, and by people who want to give up Lebanon for international forces.
However, the “Lebanese Forces” lead by Samir Geagaa, and The Fallangist (Al-Kataeb) Party, are working on a massive election campaign through spreading electoral boards, digital advertisements, and spending a fresh U.S dollar amounts to encourage people to vote for them. In their campaigns, they claim that it is the responsibility of Hezbollah in the destruction of the country in all its fields, social, economic, and financial statuses. These opposed parties accuse the latter in drifting the country to the worse as a result of the illegal weapon it has and are working to extract this weapon through external pressure.
Some parts of the 14 March community believe that Hezbollah is the main cause of the economic depression and the decline of the Lebanese currency and eagerly want to end their resistance.
Many leaders appear to advocate that these elections are a fatal decision because it determines the conclusive point for them to handle and protect the country. Nevertheless, a group of people with substandard salary who are complaining for their rights and solutions to the economic situation are excepting themselves from the duty of elections while raising their anger against all political parties who, according to them, have destroyed the country and are still leading it to the worse.
Despite that this election is a battle of existence for most Lebanese parties in order to keep their control of power, people still thrive for the need for change. However, the parties may put so much pressure on citizens who may just once again vote for the evil that they do know rather than a notion of change.

*Fatima Aboukhodr is a Lebanese writer.

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