In a message addressed to Lebanese expatriates who will head to polling stations to cast their votes on May 6 & 8, House Speaker Nabih Berri called on them to “demonstrate widest participation in this national event par excellence and the most important in the history of Lebanon,” and to “go to the polls free from electoral discourse that is heavily charged with hateful sectarian incitement.”
He called on the Lebanese residing in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and the United States to “vote massively” for the candidates of the “Amal and Loyalty” lists in the South, Central and Western Bekaa, Baalbek, Hermel, Zahle, Beirut, Southern Metn and Jbeil districts.
“Let your vote on the sixth and eighth of May be for national constants and not for electoral promises. Let your vote be for unity and not fragmentation. Let your vote be for Lebanon in its Arab identity and belonging; Lebanon that is committed to the best relations with its Arab brothers, all the Arabs, from the ocean to the Gulf, and with its friends all over the world,” Berri said.
He added: “Let your vote be for those who believe in dialogue as a way to approach all contentious issues under the constitution’s rooftop and to protect civil peace. Let your vote be for the independence and reform of the judiciary, rendering it an authority above maliciousness and free from political interference, an authority capable of realizing the truth and establishing the rules of justice in accordance with the logic of the constitution and the law.”
He urged all members of the Lebanese Diaspora to vote for “an open and transparent dialogue under the dome of Parliament to approve an economic recovery plan that enshrines the full rights of all depositors as a sacred right not to be neglected under any headlines.”
“Let your vote be for Lebanon as a civil state and the adoption of an electoral law outside the sectarian restriction on the basis of proportionality in accordance with expanded constituencies, and a senate in which all sects are represented fairly, and for lowering the voting age to 18 years and establishing a quota for women,” the Speaker went on.
“Let your vote on the sixth and eighth of May be for establishing the ministries of expatriates and planning,” Berri emphasized.
“Let your vote be to preserve the headlines of Lebanon’s power, the army and the people, and the resistance in order to curb Israel’s aggression and to invest all of Lebanon’s wealth in the sea without any compromise on the sovereign rights, and rejecting any form of normalization” he underlined, adding, “Let your vote be for rejection of settlement and support for the return of the displaced.”
Berri asserted that all of the above headlines are at the core of the “Amal and Loyalty” ballot lists, calling for the “trust and immeasurable loyalty” of the Lebanese, concluding: “You are the hope, and always and forever with you lies the utmost endeavour!”