The voting started in 9 Arab countries in addition to Iran, namely Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. About 31,000 Lebanese citizens in 10 countries have registered to vote in Friday's first phase.
Only 202 lawmakers arrived to Iraq's parliament, falling short of the two-thirds quorum required for the 329-member legislature to conduct an electoral session to select the country's president.
It is a dire situation in Lebanon. The economy is teetering on the edge. There is an acute bread shortage, and people are on the brink of no food in the month of Ramadan, the holy period of fasting. Lebanon’s Economy
Few Lebanese believe next Sunday’s parliamentary election will install enough reformers in the 128-member national assembly to effect change and save the country from the downward slide which began nearly four years ago and inspired
The critical election comes amid an unprecedented financial crisis that has spurred a mass population exodus, although while opposition figures have pinned their hopes on the diaspora vote, experts say the political status quo is expected to remain.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s visit to Dar Al-Fatwa and his meeting with the highest Sunni cleric in the country, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel Latif Derian on Saturday, and Aoun’s statement about the role of the Sunni community in
Already governed by a caretaker cabinet, crisis-hit Lebanon is hurtling towards an imminent power vacuum, with just days before the current president's term finishes at the end of the month.
Lebanon has been without a head of state for more than two months and the government has been operating in a caretaker capacity since May as leaders fail to reach a political consensus on who should govern.
Upon returning to the office on Monday, Judge Tarek Bitar ordered the release of five detained suspects and announced his plan to press charges against others, reports Xinhua news agency.
Prosecutor-General Ghassan Oueidat, who was also charged in the Beirut blast investigation, announced on Tuesday his rejection of the decision issued earlier by Bitar, arguing that the judge was suspended from his investigation over a year ago.