Lebanon Should Hold Parliament Elections on Schedule

Washington

 

As Lebanon’s parliament debates canceling national elections and extending its own term by more than two years, Freedom House issued the following statement:

"Lebanon's legislators should respect the constitution and the right of Lebanon's citizens to have a say in who governs them, and that requires parliamentary elections,"  said Charles Dunne, director of Middle East and North Africa programs. "Despite security concerns in the country, arbitrarily prolonging the parliament’s term in office does not promote political stability or rule of law. Lebanon’s leaders should hold elections this year as scheduled, as a meaningful step toward ending the country’s political crises."

Lebanon is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014  and Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2013.

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