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The government approved on Wednesday the logistics that will enable the Lebanese expatriates to vote in the 2013 parliamentary elections but according to Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansour only 4,900 out of millions of Lebanese living outside the country have registered to vote in the 2013 polls.

The Lebanese diaspora is estimated at 12 to more than 15 million people – three to four times the internal population of Lebanon itself which is estimated at 4 million.

The expatriates have been demanding for years the right to vote in the Lebanese parliamentary elections.

The government is scheduled to hold a meeting at the Grand Serail next Wednesday to discuss the details of the logistics and ways and means to implement them, Information Minister Walid al-Daouq told reporters after the session held at the presidential palace in Baabda.

The law as approved by the government will allow the expatriates to vote through their embassies.

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