Beirut / Naim Berjawi / Anatolia
On Saturday, the Lebanese army began to reinforce its deployment in the country’s cities and streets, in preparation for the parliamentary elections to be held on Sunday.
Dozens of armored vehicles and military vehicles belonging to the army were seen moving in the capital, Beirut, and stationed in a number of streets and squares, according to what the Anatolia correspondent reported.
And the army announced, in a statement via its Twitter account, that its units “began to deploy on all Lebanese territories to preserve the security of the electoral process and ensure the integrity of its conduct.”
In the same statement, the army command called on citizens to “cooperate and abide by the instructions of the security forces.”
The army also broadcast on Twitter a video announcing the deployment in various Lebanese regions.
The video showed “armored vehicles and vehicles moving towards different Lebanese regions and cities, in addition to the deployment of army personnel in a number of streets.”
Analysts and experts describe the elections scheduled for Sunday as “fateful” and “the most important” in decades in the country.
The elections come after massive popular protests that erupted in late 2019, and in light of an unprecedented economic and living crisis, and precede the presidential elections scheduled for next October.
In the elections, which are held every 4 years, 103 lists of 718 candidates are competing in 15 electoral districts to choose 128 deputies in Parliament.
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