The elections will happen, and all preparations are ready, Lebanese President Michel Aoun assured Sunday morning after meeting Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rai before participating in Easter Mass. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place on May 15.
“We have reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, hoping that it will positively affect the situation in Lebanon,” Aoun said. Earlier this month, an International Monetary Fund team reached a preliminary agreement with Lebanon on a financial rescue package. The package is pending approval from the IMF’s executive board and will be dependent on Lebanon enacting a range of reforms, including passing a capital control law.
Aoun commented on the upcoming papal visit saying “The visit of Pope Francis carries hope for Lebanon, and today we live on the hope of the resurrection, so we will not despair while we are alive”.