BEIRUT – Former Al Jadeed reporter Jad Ghosn announced his candidacy Tuesday for the upcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled for May 15, in the Metn district.
Here’s what we know:
• Ghosn is running with the independent party Citizens in State (MMFD), led by former Minister Charbel Nahhas.
• “I would feel like a hypocrite if I opposed the current political parties with all I have without actually fighting them from the inside,” Ghosn said during an interview with Al Jadeed TV on his reasons for running.
• Ghosn also said that the economic crisis, which started to take shape in 2019, is a chance for a real change.”
• Ghosn also said he is running in Metn partially because the head of the Finance and Budget parliamentary committee Ibrahim Kanaan is running there. “The Lebanese Forces are there as well who are presenting themselves as an opposition party,” Ghosn said.
• “There’s also the Kataeb party, led by Sami Gemayel, in the district, whom I don’t hold accountable for his father’s actions,” Ghosn said, referring to the fact that former President Amin Gemayel is his father. “However I do think that his actions don’t match his words.”
• On Feb. 27, MMFD announced 52 election candidates distributed across Lebanon, in an initiative that seeks to have independent candidates oppose politicians from traditional parties in every electoral district in Lebanon.