Information Minister, Ziad Makary, on Tuesday presented during a press conference he held at his Ministry office, an assessment of the general course of the electoral process, in presence of Ministry’s Director General Dr. Hassan Falha, National News Agency (NNA) Director Ziad Harfouche, Director of Lebanese Studies Department Khodor Majed, and Tele Liban Director Viviane Lebbos.
Minister Makary said, “The parliamentary elections that took place are a great achievement for the Lebanese government, as they were accomplished in a very well manner with limited means and in light of an unusual situation in the country, in addition to the tense political situation.”
As Minister Makary congratulated the Lebanese and the winners in the electoral process, he thanked media outlets without exception for the good coverage they have provided, and all state media outlets namely Tele Liban, Studies Department, National News Agency, Radio Lebanon and the Chamber of Foreign Correspondents.
Minister Makary hailed the work of the Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Judge Bassam Mawlawi, saying: “As you know, it is the largest scale elections to take place in the history of Lebanon, which brought together resident and expatriate voters. Despite all the doubts about the state and the government, the elections were completed to a very acceptable level, and some of the problems that occurred were all documented.”
Makary pointed out that “the Lebanese media outlets, especially the state-run, provided balanced coverage in all Lebanese regions, and this is an honorable matter for us,” deeming this as a success for the state.”
The Minister also underlined the government’s neutrality in the electoral process, particularly Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
Makary added, “These elections have taken place in keenness for democratic life, as we cannot live in Lebanon without renewing the political class and injecting new blood.”
The Minister concluded that “the government fulfilled its promise and the elections were held despite some flaws.”