Good governance and rule of law

At the end of a new session held on 1 December, Lebanese MPs failed, for the eighth consecutive time, to elect a new President of the Republic.

The country, in the midst of an economic and financial crisis, is led by an interim government in charge only of current affairs and therefore unable to implement the economic reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Deeply divided between the Hezbollah camp and the opposing group, which does not have the necessary votes to elect its candidate, Michel Moawad, the Parliament did not manage to gather the necessary number of votes to fill the vacancy at the head of the Republic.

Michel Moawad received 37 votes on Thursday, far from the 86 required to be elected in the first round or the 65 needed to win a second round. Also, 52 deputies, notably from the pro-Hezbollah camp, voted blank. Other MPs wrote slogans or fanciful names on their ballots, including that of Brazilian President-elect Lula.