The poor representation of women in the new parliament raises demands for the approval of a “women’s quota”
Living crises exploded at once in Lebanon, two days after the end of the parliamentary elections.
The queues were renewed in front of bread ovens and gas stations, and the electricity supply decreased due to the decline in the fuel stock, and the exchange rate of the dollar against the local currency rose to record levels not seen in five months, and approached 31 thousand pounds to the dollar; This prompted the “Central Bank” to try to calm the speculative market through a circular it issued, to extend the effect of its intervention in the market to sell the dollar for an additional month. Some shops in the suburbs of Beirut closed their doors; To avoid incurring additional losses. The authorities rushed to intervene on the dollar line, and to secure fuel for electricity production plants.
The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, confirmed to Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, during a phone call, that Iraq would continue to supply Lebanon with quantities of fuel for Electricity in Lebanon.
On the other hand, only eight women out of 115 who ran for the lists of traditional parties, opposition groups and civil society reached the Lebanese parliament, amid calls for the adoption of the “women’s quota” law, which the parties are responsible for obstructing each other, raising multiple arguments, Including that women should not be represented in a limited number of quotas.
What distinguishes most of the winning female representatives is that they break the prevailing custom; The woman used to enter Parliament only to inherit the parliamentary seat after the death of her father or husband.
Member of Parliament Najat Saliba told Asharq Al-Awsat, “We were hoping that more women would reach parliament,” adding that the women who arrived in parliament won the parliamentary seats with high merit… “And God willing, we can work as they should.”