President Aoun’s mandate ends at present but the Lebanese parliament hasn’t but elected a brand new president. We’ve already had 4 classes the place the candidate who received essentially the most votes was Michel Moawad (42), realizing that two-thirds of the Lebanese parliament is required to elect a president within the first spherical, and a merely majority within the second spherical.
We’ve heard up to now of Michel Mouawad, Sleiman Frangieh, Military Basic Joseph Aoun Naji Boustani as potential candidates however there’s a protracted checklist of candidates who formally declared their candidacy. Right here’s a fast glimpse of those who I heard of up to now:
1- Ziad Hayek:
After I first noticed his title, it rang a bell as I remembered he was nominated to the Presidency of the World Financial institution again in 2019. I appeared him up on-line and Hayek boasts a formidable resume with over “40 years of expertise in Public Coverage, Financial Coverage, Worldwide Improvement, Funding Banking, Worldwide Finance, Structured Finance, Venture Finance, Company Technique and Company Governance. He’s at present the President of the World Affiliation of PPP Items and Professionals; Vice-Chair of the Working Get together on PPP of the United Nations Financial Fee for Europe; Managing Accomplice of Hayek Associates LLC; and ex-Secretary Basic of Lebanon’s Excessive Council for Privatization and PPP.
Hayek can be member of the Board of Trustees of USEK College, the Funding Committee of YMCA World Alliance, and the governing boards of a number of NGOs on behalf of the Carlos Slim Basis.” [Source]
I’m not fairly aware of his political aspirations or any potential affiliations and I haven’t seen him on any discuss reveals up to now. He did give Naharnet an interview, the place he acknowledged that two of his favourite presidents are Fouad Chehab & Camille Chamoun and his political/financial idol is Angela Merkel which is an efficient signal 😀.
2- Tracy Chamoun
Tracy is a 61-year previous Lebanese creator, diplomat and served because the Lebanese ambassador to Jordan between 2017 and 2020. Chamoun resigned after the Beirut Port explosion and have become fairly vocal in opposition to the ruling political events. Tracy Chamoun is the grand-daughter of former President Camille Chamoun and considered one of two surviving youngsters of Dany Chamoun, who was assassinated in 1990.
Chamoun is simply the second girl to run for presidency in Lebanon’s historical past, after Nadine Moussa in 2014, and the primary girl to discovered a political occasion within the Arab World referred to as “Liberal Democrats Get together of Lebanon”. She hasn’t been endorsed by Al Ahrar Get together or every other political occasion and has been very vital of all conventional events in Lebanon.
3- Might Rihani
Might Rihani has been in the US for the previous 45 years, and is an skilled in worldwide improvement. She’s initially from the village of Freikeh in Matn, and is the daughter of Albert Rihani and the niece of Ameen Rihani, each distinguished Lebanese-American literary figures.
Right here’s a glimpse of her profile as shared by L’Orient Le Jour:
Based mostly in the US for 45 years, Might Rihani described herself in a promotional pamphlet as an skilled in worldwide improvement with a long time of expertise. She served as director for the Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace on the College of Maryland from 2016 to 2020. From 2008 to 2010, she served as co-chair of the United Nations Ladies’ Training Initiative. Rihani has 9 revealed books and is the director of the World Lebanese Cultural Union, a DC-based group representing the Lebanese diaspora. She has additionally labored with the René Moawad Basis, a self-described “improvement” NGO headed by impartial Zgharta MP Michel Moawad.
4- Clarence Kattini
Kattini is a Beirut-based lawyer and the primary non-Maronite candidate for the Lebanese Presidency. His marketing campaign relies on energy rotation between sects in Lebanon, as he believes it could promote a greater collaboration between all events and equality amongst Lebanese.
5- Elie Yachouii:
Dr. Elie Yachoui (ايلي يشوعي) introduced his candidacy three weeks in the past. Yachoui has a doctorate in Basic Coverage and Group‘s Methods and a doctorat d’Etat in Economics from College of Paris IX-Dauphine and is the dean of the College of Enterprise Administration and Economics at Lebanon’s Notre Dame College. He’s additionally member of the Board of the Nationwide Council of Scientific Analysis in Lebanon and has presided since 2005 over the Nationwide Coalition for Financial Reform in Lebanon.
Right here’s what he needs as a “New Lebanon”:
“We attempt to protect Lebanon as a mannequin of freedom and democracy. We work to advertise peace, neutrality, freedom of faith, and free speech. We help financial liberty and political independence. To strengthen and develop the US- Lebanon relationship in ways in which enhances the safety of each international locations. To teach and information decision-makers on the bonds that unite the 2 international locations and issues of curiosity to the Lebanese American Neighborhood.
These are the 5 “critical” candidates I discovered up to now, there are different candidates that appear to be operating only for enjoyable reminiscent of Bechara Abi Younes who’s an inside Designer & Chairman of the Environmental Rescue Get together, Milad Abou Malhab and Elias Tawileh.
If I missed any, please do share.
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