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Will Nadine Moussa be Lebanon's next president?

Lawyer and activist Nadine Moussa, the first woman in Lebanon to submit her candidacy for the presidential elections, tells Al-Monitor that women are still struggling to break the political traditions of a patriarchal country.
Activists hold up their red-inked thumbs and carry banners as they pose for the media during a sit-in near the parliament and in front of the U.N. headquarters in Beirut April 1, 2014. The activists held the rally on Tuesday to demand politicians approve Lebanon's first law of protecting women from domestic violence.   REUTERS/Sharif Karim   (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY) - RTR3JG2D

After studying in Paris and Beirut, lawyer Nadine Moussa traveled a lot with her diplomat husband. She managed to continue working and stayed connected to Lebanon, where she returned in 2001 for four years, and then in 2006 to stay permanently. She established herself there as a lawyer and an activist. Today, she is the first woman to have presented her candidacy for the Lebanese presidential elections in 2014.

The 2014 presidential elections led nowhere, to no one's surprise. The only thing new was the presence, for the first time, of an independent woman's candidacy. She told Al-Monitor, “I was involved in defending women' causes, human rights and the youth and to fight corruption.”

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