Lowering the vote age to 18, and Lebanese still can’t vote from abroad

23Mar09

An-Nahar on Monday quoted an unnamed parliamentary source as saying that Patriarch Sfeir’s stance was not surprising to express reservations on parliament’s recent approval of a proposal to reduce voting age in Lebanon from 21 to 18;

He had expressed the same reservation on lowering the voting age before the parliamentary session last Thursday unless expatriates were also granted the right to vote abroad.

Last Thursday, Lebanon’s parliament unanimously approved the reduction of voting age from 21 to 18 starting in the 2010 municipal elections. Eighteen-year-olds will be able to choose MPs in the 2013 parliamentary elections. The cabinet must pass the approval, however, and give parliament the green light to ratify the proposal within four months.



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