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Lebanon’s Interior Ministry Rejects Nizar Zakka’s Candidacy

Lebanon’s Interior Ministry Rejects Nizar Zakka’s Candidacy

Saturday, 23 March, 2019 - 07:15
File photo of Nizar Zakka
Beirut - Asharq Al-Awsat
Lebanon's Interior Ministry rejected on Friday a request by Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen who was detained in Iran four years ago, to run for the parliamentary by-elections in the northern city of Tripoli next month.

From his cell at Evin prison in Tehran, Zakka announced his candidacy with the slogan “The Solution: Freedom For Lebanon.”

Zakka was arrested after traveling to Iran to attend a state-sponsored conference in the capital, in 2015. At the time of his arrest, he was the secretary-general of IJMA3, an Arab communications organization, and had received an official invitation to visit Iran.

But Director General of Political Affairs and Refugees at Lebanon’s Interior Ministry Faten Younis said she rejected his candidacy based on Article 45 of the 2017 parliamentary law.

The article stipulates that an application form signed by the candidate and authenticated by a notary be submitted to the Directorate General of Political Affairs and Refugees, in addition to a supporting document on a recent criminal record not older than one month.

Zakka announcement of his candidacy for the 2018 parliamentary polls had also been rejected.

Parliamentary by-elections are scheduled in Tripoli next month to fill the vacant Sunni legislative seat after the Constitutional Council annulled the membership of Dima Jamali.

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