Lebanese Gov’t Just Voted Against Holding Early Elections

AFP | Reuters/Mohamed Azakir

On the second day of the parliament’s legislative meetings in UNESCO Palace, the Lebanese government voted against holding early parliamentary elections.

This was one of the main demands of the revolution that began on October 17th, 2019, which would have helped change Lebanon’s political scene sooner than later.

The revolution, which shook the country for the last six months, is still ongoing despite calls for national lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On the first day of the legislative meetings, protests broke out in various areas of Lebanon. Protesters made their way in cars to the UNESCO Palace as a reminder to government officials that the revolution is still ongoing and the people are not giving up on their demands.

“Fighting corruption, returning squandered public money, and early elections have been top demands of thousands of protesters for the last 6 months,” tweeted a reporter for The Daily Star.

To the people’s dismay, along with rejecting early elections, the parliament also voted against removing bank secrecy, against lifting immunity from ministers, and against halting the Bisri dam project, all going against the revolution’s demands.