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Lebanon's civil society groups gear up for 2018 elections

After Lebanon’s long-awaited electoral law was ratified, civil society movements and members are getting ready to join the elections that are scheduled to be held May 2018.
Lebanese activists and protesters hold placards during a demonstration calling for the adoption of a proportional election law, on January 22, 2017, in the capital Beirut. / AFP / ANWAR AMRO        (Photo credit should read ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Lebanon's parliament approaved a new electoral law June 16, and several political activists and “alternative” parties are already preparing themselves for the next elections, expected in May 2018.

Lebanon's civil society has actively called over the last few months for a law based on proportional representation, as well as a series of reforms that are considered to be necessary for the transparency of the electoral process. With the new law in place and with the parliament's term expiring June 20, Lebanese civil society is now preparing itself for the second phase of its battle: participation in the upcoming elections, expected in 11 months, after the current parliament extended its term for the third consecutive time since 2013.

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