Thu, 19 May 2022

BEIRUT, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The Lebanese minister of defense announced Friday that the army will be deployed across the country on the parliament elections day on Sunday to help keep voting safe.

"The Lebanese army will intervene in any incident that may affect the smoothness of the voting process by following a mechanism adopted in coordination with other security agencies," Maurice Selim was quoted by the Elnashra news website as saying.

Selim added that the Lebanese army is fully prepared to maintain the security of the elections, and is keen to prevent any riots while ensuring the safety and freedom of citizens to exercise their constitutional rights.

The elections come amid an unprecedented economic crisis that emerged about three years ago, leading to the currency collapse and plunging over 70 percent of the population into poverty.

Holding the elections is among the many requirements from the international organizations and donor countries for extending their support to the crisis-hit country.

Parliamentary elections are held in Lebanon every four years, and a total of 718 candidates, including 118 females, are running for the 128 seats in parliament this year.

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