Lebanon prepares for the second round of elections
Lebanon, Politics, 8/31/2000
The Lebanese authorities started preparations for the second tour of the parliamentary elections which will be held in the Lebanese provinces of Beirut, the Bekaa and the south on Sunday.
The Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss discussed with the deputy premier and the minister of the Interior Michael al-Murr general conditions in the country especially the elections issue.
Al-Hoss expressed his satisfaction over the results concluded by the first session of the elections which were held in the provinces of the north and Mount Lebanon last Sunday.
For his part, the Lebanese minister of information Anwar al-Khalil said the first phase of the parliamentary elections has proven the commitment of the authority to the principle of neutrality and that the citizen has attained his aim in bringing his representative to the parliamentary forum.
In a statement he made in Beirut on Tuesday al-Khalil added every one who wins the elections has to be a servant for the whole of the homeland because Lebanon can only standstill in its national unity and the durable relations with Syria as well as continued resistance until liberating all occupied territories.
He said the role of the current government and the future one is confined to development and an economic plan covers the public sector and promoting productive sectors especially the agriculture and the industry.
However, four of the winners in the elections of the first session stressed the " fairness" of these elections and the neutrality of the Lebanese authority.
Lebanese minister of transport and public works Najib Meiqati who won the elections at the north province said that these elections will mark the beginning of a new phase of work.
Lebanese minister of agriculture Suleiman Franjieh who won the elections for Zgharta province expressed his great satisfaction over the results of these elections.
He said that the people said their say and all should bent before the will of the people and all should reconsider their calculations so as " to be all for the service of the people and to put the past behind us and to be open to each other.."
Emil Emil Lahoud, son of the Lebanese President who won the elections for Lebanese Mount province said the elections were " honest," noting that the violations happened in the election lists are a result of democracy.
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