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President Michel Suleiman told his visitor on Saturday that “Lebanon is facing electoral, political, administrative , and reform challenges.

Suleiman said the challenges include the electoral law, lowering voting age from 21 to 18 years, the right of expatriates to vote, and administrative appointments.

“The country will not advance if it did not respect the resident and emigrant youth of Lebanon, their competencies and achievements, and their right to practice democracy.”

Suleiman also called for a speedy adoption of the law on reclaiming nationality for emigrants of Lebanese origin in order to grant them the right to vote.

The president also stressed that achieving appointments on a non-sectarian basis opens the door for abolishing political sectarianism.

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