60 percent of the Lebanese diaspora voted in Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, the country’s foreign ministry reported on Monday.
Hadi Hashem, a ministry official, reported that between 128,000 and 130,000 of the 225,000 eligible Lebanese voters in 58 countries cast their ballots.
“About 60 percent of expats voted, which is an excellent turnout,” he said at a press conference in the capital Beirut.
Thousands of Lebanese residing in 48 countries voted in the country’s legislative elections on Sunday. Similar elections were held in ten nations last week.
It was the second time in Lebanon’s history where Lebanese overseas were permitted to vote. The first occurred in 2018
Parliamentary elections in Lebanon are set for May 15. There are 103 lists with 718 people vying for 128 seats in the 128-member parliament.
Lebanon has been struggling with a serious economic crisis since late 2019, involving a huge currency depreciation as well as fuel and medical shortages.