EU voices commitment to strengthen electoral framework in Lebanon

BRUSSELS, The European Union (EU) on Wednesday said that despite a relatively low turnout in parliamentary elections in Lebanon on Sunday, the new law has offered more competition and choice for the electorate.

The EU was invited to deploy an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM), which “highlights the close and important partnership between the European Union and Lebanon. As noted by the observers, the elections were well conducted and generally peaceful, which is a clear sign of the maturity of the Lebanese democratic institutions” said Maja Kocijancic , spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, in a statement “The EU remains committed to further support Lebanon’s work in strengthening its electoral framework, especially on the basis of the recommendations by the EOM in its upcoming final report. Increasing women’s participation in politics will be an important element,” she stated.

“The convening of a new parliament and formation of a government will set the stage for the next phase of the country’s reform agenda, while addressing the challenges of the Syrian crisis and its tremendous impact on all aspects of Lebanese life,” said the spokesperson.

“The unity, sovereignty, stability, independence and territorial integrity of Lebanon are essential,” stressed the EU statement.

Source: Kuwait News Agency