In a circulated report on Wednesday, the United Nations chief called for Lebanon to host “free, fair, transparent, and inclusive” parliamentary election.
He also urged the formation afterward of a new government that will implement the necessary reforms in order to address Lebanon’s crisis.
The Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said in the report to the U.N. Security Council that political division has deepened and that the Lebanese people are now struggling to afford basic essentials.
Guterres also highlighted that the ongoing protests are sparked by “public frustration with the political situation and the economic and financial crisis.”
Guterres, who visited Lebanon in December, voiced that no one is yet accountable for the Beirut port explosion, whereas the Lebanese people have been demanding “truth and justice.”
He repeated the call for “a swift, impartial, thorough, and transparent investigation” and stressed that “the independence of the judiciary must be respected.”
He added that the proposals for a women’s quota in the parliament are still pending, urging for the new government to be “with full participation of women and young people.”
The Lebanese parliamentary elections are now around the corner, with the Lebanese diaspora starting to vote tomorrow Friday, May 6, and Sunday, May 8.
Employees participating in the electoral process in Lebanon will vote on May 12th, followed by the general population on May 15.
Thousands of Lebanese consider that the 2022 votes will render a major change in the Lebanese political scene, as many are eager to vote for new individuals seeking to change the status quo.