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Bassil says expat vote rate acceptable

Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister, Gebran Bassil, said on Monday that the voting rate of Lebanese expatriates was acceptable.

"This rate has proven the enthusiasm of Lebanese expats to partake in the polling process," Bassil said in a press conference he held earlier on Monday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.

Bassil deemed the expat vote as unprecedented and hoped that this would eventually result in the return of Lebanese emigrants to their homeland "to participate in the country's decision making."

"Elections were held under the administrative supervision of the Ministry of Interior; there was a lot of cooperation between the Foreign and Interior ministries. I think there has never been such a remarkable vote in Lebanon's history, with such transparency," Bassil added.

He went on to note that the cost of the electoral process in 39 countries had reached approximately one and a half million dollars.

Bassil finally announced the following voting rates abroad:

58% in Australia

59.5% in Europe

68% in Africa

45% in Latin America

Approximatley 55% in the United States

69% in Arab countries.

Source: National News Agency