A protest in Tripoli, Lebanon in November 2019. Parliamentary elections in Lebanon are due in May 2022, and protests have been happening since 2019. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Kaepora~enwiki (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Freedom House Rating
May 2022 (due)
June 24, 2020
May 16, 2018
Partial Local Elections (in Beirut and Bekaa Valley)
May 8, 2016
Lebanon is due to hold general elections in May 2022, although some parties have called for early elections. The elections could be delayed for a variety of reasons. The last elections, which took place in 2018, were originally supposed to happen in 2013, but were delayed several times.
Lebanon has been in a political crisis and without a government since the port explosion in Beirut, in which 215 people died, 7,500 were injured, and 300,000 were left homeless. Moreover, the country is in an economic crisis.
Edward Gabriel, The Hill (April 27, 2021): Three reasons the US must help Lebanon avoid total collapse
Luna Safwan, Washington Post (April 26, 2021): Opinion: Lebanon is facing an identity crisis. Elections won’t solve it.
David Gardner, Financial Times (March 30, 2021): Lebanon is held hostage by its politicians
Bassem Mroue, AP (March 2, 2021): Protests in Lebanon as local currency hits record low
Bilal Saab, Lawfare (February 21, 2021): Hezbollah Amid Lebanese Collapse
Christophe Abi-Nassif, Middle East Institute (February 19, 2021): The electoral path may not save Lebanon, but its citizens deserve the chance to walk it
Tamara Cofman Wittes, Brookings Institution (May 17, 2018): Three observations after observing the Lebanese elections
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