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New Lebanese Parliament assumes mandate until 2026

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New Lebanese Parliament assumes mandate until 2026

Beirut, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The 128 new legislators assumed their duties in Parliament on Monday for the 2022-2026 period, a week after the May 15 elections were held.
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The unicameral legislature focused its first sessions on the appointment of the head of the body and, in accordance with the nation’s president, assign a Sunni figure to head the next government.

In accordance with the national pact for independence from France in 1943, Lebanon established that the president of the Republic must be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim and the head of Parliament a Shiite, and so on with the other positions.

In that sense, Nabih Berri, leader of the Amal Movement, appears as a strong candidate to receive the vote of the parliamentarians for seventh time since 1992.

About 41 percent of nearly four million Lebanese eligible to vote exercised their constitutional right on Sunday, May 15, to appoint the unicameral legislature, which in Lebanon, it is equally divided between Christians and Muslims.

Lebanon is enduring the worst crisis in modern history as a result of impunity, corruption and structural inequality in the political and economic system, according to Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

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