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Lebanese diaspora register to vote in record numbers 

People arrive at Turkish Embassy to Beirut to cast their votes for Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 in Beirut, Lebanon on 16 June, 2018 [Jihad Muhammad Behlok/Anadolu Agency]
People arrive at Turkish Embassy to Beirut to cast their votes for Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 in Beirut, Lebanon on 16 June, 2018 [Jihad Muhammad Behlok/Anadolu Agency]

Nearly a quarter of a million Lebanese people living abroad have registered to vote, Middle East Eye reported.

The number of voters registered from abroad is currently at 244,442.

The Lebanese people are due to hit the parliamentary polls in elections scheduled in March 2022, and see this as an opportunity to hit back at the establishment elite, which has overseen a huge economic crisis, due to financial mismanagement and deep-rooted corruption.

Lebanon's diaspora is estimated to be at least three times the population of the crisis-hit country, which will make it an electoral force to be reckoned with.

Opposition activists have worked hard to spread the word on social media about how Lebanese expats can register to vote in the election, and in some parts of Europe registration centres were set up to sign people up.

The total number of expats registered in 2018 was 93,000, which means the electorate has nearly tripled since then.

This comes as Lebanon sees increasing poverty, with a staggering 80% living below the breadline, as prices shoot up, and the country is regularly plunged into darkness due to power cuts.

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