BEIRUT (Aztagdaily.com)–Interior Minister Hassan Al Sabaa–on Monday afternoon–announced the official results of Lebanon’s third round of Parliamentary elections.
Addressing the general atmosphere of the elections in the districts of Mount Lebanon and Bekaa–he said they were positive and conducted democratically.
He praised the role of Lebanon’s internal security forces and army in ensuring fair elections. "Their presence allowed Lebanese citizens to vote according to their will–without outside pressures. It is–therefore–possible to say that the government has succeeded in maintaining a neutral position–and in organizing free–fair–open–and democratic elections."
The minister added that the government is responsible for–and will utilize all security and administrative means at its disposal–to ensure that the fourth round of elections–due to take place in Northern Lebanon–are also transparent and conducted peacefully.
Following Sunday’s elections–two Armenian Revolutionary Federation candidates–Hagop Pakradouni and Georges Kasarji–were victorious in the Metn and Bekka districts–successively.
In the Metn district–the eight vacant seats were filled by the following candidates (votes): Hagop Pakradouni (53,272)–Edgar Maalouf (55,017)–Ghazan Mkhaiber (56,906)–Ibrahim Kaanan (56,840)–Selim Salhab (54,776)–Nabil Nicola (48,872)–Michel Murr (48,662)–Pierre Gemayel (29,421). Pakradouni gained 92% of the 10,800 Armenian votes–while opponent Raffi Madeyan 8% (25,043 total votes).
In the Zahle district–seven vacant seats were filled by the following candidates (votes): Georges Kasarji (35,065)–Elias Skaaf (38,035)–Selim Aoun (36,408)–Camile Maalouf (34,108)–Asem Araji (31,418)–Hassan Yacoub (31,920)–Nicola Fettoush (31,111). Kasarji gained 93% of the 2,500 Armenian votes–while opponent Antoun Nshanian got 7% (26,900 total votes).