| 21 February 2024, Wednesday |

Expats vote in favor of new officials, which equates to 13 candidates

The expatriate elections and voter turnout, which exceeded fifty percent in most countries and reached sixty percent in others, provided a strong starting point for electoral entitlement, and their impact will be clear on internal elections, as the number of voters, which, according to sources, will constitute about the 13 figures, equivalent to 13 seats. The majority of them are opposed to the forces of power.

More than one observation can be made based on the proportion of votes on the one hand and the same voters who did not hesitate to show it through the media on the other, and the most notable of these observations is the collapse of the dominant parties. The Free Patriotic Movement, for example, did not have the same presence as it did in the 2018 elections, and its presence was restricted to Qatar and Europe, for example, in France, in contrast to the Lebanese Forces’ spectacular presence in most nations.

It is worth noting that the majority of those who voted for change were opposed to the authority and Hezbollah, and the UAE led the percentage of voters for change forces and from all sects, with a large percentage of Druze, for example, voting for civil society.

Shiites, the Amal movement seemed to dominate the external Shiite scene with the complete absence of Hezbollah in public at least, knowing that according to sources, the Shiites who voted did not exceed 7.5 percent of the total Lebanese who voted abroad, most of them in Germany, with a smaller percentage in African countries.

With a proportion of 64 percent, Christians were the most active in the poll, and they were dispersed among the sovereign parties, particularly the Lebanese Forces and the forces of change.

The percentage of polling for 2022 remains at 21 percent, which some attribute to their commitment to the boycott decision, while the majority were unable to vote because the election date coincided with the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which they were spending outside the countries in which they registered.

  • Sawt Beirut International