Lebanon’s parliamentary elections of May 15 2022 are the first since the pro-reform protests of 2019, the Port of Beirut explosion of 2020 and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The vote is taking place against the backdrop of sharp economic deterioration, financial collapse, increasing calls for accountability, and the formation of new political parties from outside traditional political elite circles.
This webinar, part of the MENA Programme Online Events Series, will discuss the broader political and economic context of the elections and the outlook for Lebanon in their aftermath. Speakers will assess the rise and performance of new independent political parties and the factors enabling the endurance of Lebanon’s political elite. Panellists will also cover civil society and candidate efforts towards inclusive political participation, as well as the role of women, and discuss the recent IMF Staff-Level Agreement and the role of the international community in handling Lebanon’s political and economic issues.
This event will be held on the record and will be live-streamed on the MENA Programme’s Facebook page.