This is a call to all fellow Lebanese citizens living abroad, based on a posting by a fellow expatriate (click on the title above to check out her blog; thanks Maya!)
Since the 2000 Electoral law will prevail for next month's elections (for more details, check out this article at the Daily Star), it is even more critical for expatriates to get involved. There are many of us and we can make a difference. We outnumber the Lebanese in Lebanon, and it is imperative that our votes count, especially at this pivotal moment in our history. A new bill has been proposed to allow Lebanese expatriates to vote (for more details, click here). You can support this bill by signing the petition for Lebanese expatriates' right to vote at lebanese-abroad.com. However, this bill for expatriates to vote from abroad will not be passed in time for these upcoming elections. In the meantime, if you have a Lebanese passport, you can fly to Lebanon and, yes, vote! A website called fly.2lebanon.com is trying to negotiate cheap group rates for people who would be willing to fly in May to take part in the elections. It's pretty awesome; check it out!