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Only eight women in Lebanon’s new parliament

Only eight women in Lebanon’s new parliament

Beirut, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The number of eight elected female parliamentarians on Wednesday confirms in Lebanon the low representation of women in the new Parliament, after the winners of seats for the 2022-2026 legislature were announced.
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Of 118 women present in the electoral lists on Sunday, only 6.7 percent managed to win the vote of the population to be a member of a legislative body of 128 representatives, equally divided between Christians and Muslims.

Najat Aoun, Haline El Kaakour, Paula Yocoubian, Cynthia Zarazir, Ghada Ayoub, Inaya Ezzedine, Nada Al Bustani and Sethrida Tawk are the names of the women who will occupy a seat in the new legislature as of Sunday, May 22, when their duties officially start.

Among the country’s 15 electoral districts, women only received support of their voters in Chouf of Mount Lebanon 4, Beirut 1, Jaberl Kesserwan Mount Lebanon 1, Bcharre-Zgharta in North 3 and in districts 1 and 2 of the South.

For these elections, the number of female candidates increased by seven compared to those of 2018 when 111 women participated and only six achieved a seat in Parliament.

According to UN Women, they are about 52 percent of the Lebanese population and they are excluded from the critical national talks.

Lebanon held parliamentary elections on Sunday with 41 percent of nearly four million citizens eligible to vote.


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