UAE Maltreatment of Lebanese Migrant Workers and Human Rights Abuses in the United Arab Emirates

NewLeb

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So how does this off topic relates to random men being arrested by a foreign nation in a kidnap like fashion?

I'm not going to ask you how you know those bullies, intolerant of opposing views are affiliated with Hezballah or just random cheerleaders on social media who took an online argument personal. And I'm not going ro ask you for a link to validate the story. This thread has it's own topic. Dont ask me where I was. Ask yourself: where is the thread you opened to discuss the issue? When such happens, speak up and seek solidarity from others. Dont stay quiet and then ask others where were they. How would I know your colleague got bullied and by who? Besides, this current topic isnt a random bullying incident. It is the action of a government of a foreign country we are discussing and not that of online bullies. @SeaAb Plese take note of off topics.

When you behave like political prostitutes, you shouldn't expect sympathy when you need it.

When you behave like an inane militia from the rural regions of the middle of no-where, and when you’re mostly known around the world for blowing things up, you shouldn’t expect to be treated professionally....
 

Manifesto

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When you behave like an inane militia from the rural regions of the middle of no-where, and when you’re mostly known around the world for blowing things up, you shouldn’t expect to be treated professionally....

Try protesting in the UAE and let me know how it goes.
 

Manifesto

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 2019​

The authorities, particularly the State Security Agency (SSA), subjected detainees, including foreign nationals, to arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and enforced disappearance. The authorities also restricted freedom of expression, imprisoning government critics and holding them in dire conditions. In a positive development in women’s rights, almost 200 women stood in the Federal National Council (FNC) elections in October, more than double the number in the last elections; still, women continued to face discrimination in law and in practice. On migrants’ rights, the authorities removed the job title criteria for sponsorship, which allowed more migrant workers to sponsor family members to live in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, migrant workers remained tied to employers under the kafala (sponsorship) system, which made them vulnerable to labour abuses and exploitation. The UAE continued to deny nationality to thousands of individuals who were born within its borders. While no executions were reported, courts continued to issue death sentences.

Background​

The UAE continued to co-lead the coalition in the armed conflict in Yemen, a coalition that is implicated in war crimes and other serious violations of international law. The UAE also illicitly diverted weapons and military equipment to militias in Yemen (see Yemen entry).
The UAE supported the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA), which committed serious violations of international law in Libya. The UAE also provided arms to the LNA and operated drones on its behalf, in violation of a UN arms embargo (see Libya entry).
The UAE remained a member of the coalition imposing economic and political sanctions on Qatar, along with Bahrain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Arbitrary detention and torture​

Amnesty International documented several cases in which the rights of detainees were disregarded. In these cases, most often involving the State Security Agency (SSA), detainees were arrested without warrants, held incommunicado for weeks or months and tortured or otherwise ill-treated. In some cases, detainees were held in degrading conditions.
Alia Abdelnoor Mohamed Abdelnoor, who had terminal cancer, died in May while chained to a hospital bed in al-Ain, a city in Abu Dhabi Emirate. After her arrest by the SSA in 2015, she was held in solitary confinement and forcibly disappeared for three months. At the time of her death, she was serving a 10-year prison sentence on vague and unsubstantiated “terrorism” charges, based on forced “confessions”.
Foreign nationals were among those arbitrarily detained and ill-treated. On 15 May, three Lebanese men were convicted on terrorism-related charges after being detained by the SSA, for long periods incommunicado, and then subjected to an unfair trial. One received a sentence of life imprisonment and the others received 10-year sentences. The State Security Prosecutor accused them of acting on behalf of the Lebanese party and armed group Hizbullah. One of the defendants, Abdel Rahman Chouman, told the court he had been tortured to make him “confess”.
Lebanese prisoner Ahmad Ali Mekkaoui was placed in incommunicado detention in April after new charges were imposed on him “for harming the reputation of the UAE” following a television interview in which his sister and his Lebanese lawyer spoke about his case. He was serving a 15-year prison sentence after being convicted on terrorism-related charges in 2016 and arrested by the SSA in 2014. During his trial, he described being tortured, including by being anally raped with a metal rod. In 2017 the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concluded that his detention was arbitrary.
Concerns remained regarding the freedom of movement and wellbeing of Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, daughter of Dubai’s ruler. She was detained at sea by Indian and UAE security forces in 2018 and forcibly returned to the UAE, after which she was only seen once in a staged photo opportunity.

Freedom of expression​

The authorities continued to arbitrarily detain and prosecute peaceful dissenters, effectively stifling criticism of the government. Dozens of prisoners of conscience continued to languish in detention, in dire conditions.
Prisoner of conscience and human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor remained in detention after being sentenced in 2018 to 10 years in prison for comments posted on social media. He went on hunger strike in March for four weeks to protest against prison conditions and his sentence, and again in September for at least 44 days after he was beaten for his protests, according to the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, citing a local source.
Prisoners of conscience Nasser bin Ghaith, an academic, and Mohammed al-Roken, a human rights lawyer, remained incarcerated.
The authorities released Osama al-Najjar more than two years after he had finished serving his prison sentence. In 2017, the Public Prosecution had requested the extension of his detention on the pretext that he remained a threat. He was originally imprisoned for tweets addressed to the Minister of Interior expressing concern about the ill-treatment of his father in prison.
A Reuters investigation exposed the UAE’s involvement in “Project Raven”, an initiative in which former US intelligence operatives reportedly helped the UAE keep individuals, including human rights activists, under surveillance across the globe with no judicial oversight.

Women's rights​

In a positive development, almost 200 women stood in the Federal National Council (FNC) elections in October, more than double the number in the last elections. This followed a decree by President Al Nahyan calling for women to make up half of the FNC. Ultimately, seven women were elected and 13 were appointed to the 40-member FNC.
However, women continued to face discrimination in law and in practice. For example, the Personal Status Law of 2005 states that “a husband’s rights over his wife” include the wife’s “courteous obedience to him” (Article 56), and places conditions on a married woman’s right to work or leave the house (Article 72). Under Article 356 of the Penal Code, “debasement of honour with consent” is punishable by one year or more in prison. On the basis of this law, a Swedish-run hospital in Ajman Emirate was forced to report pregnant, unmarried women to the police. In some cases these referrals have led to prosecution and deportation.
The government failed to adequately protect women from sexual and domestic violence. Under Article 53 of the Penal Code, “a husband’s discipline of his wife” is “considered an exercise of rights”, language that can be read as official sanction of spousal abuse.

Migrants' rights​

Migrant workers remained tied to employers under the kafala (sponsorship) system, making them vulnerable to labour abuses and exploitation. In a positive development, the authorities removed the job title criteria for sponsorship, allowing more residents to sponsor family members to live in the UAE.
The UAE maintained its no-minimum wage policy. This had a particularly negative impact on migrant workers, who comprised more than 90% of the country’s workforce. Unlike UAE nationals, migrant workers did not receive government allowances for housing, subsidized health care or other services and were therefore dependent on their wages in order to access essential services. Migrants’ wages were typically low relative to the cost of living in the UAE, posing a risk to their right to just and favourable conditions of work, and their right to an adequate standard of living.
Late or non-payment of wages was common, leaving hundreds of low-paid migrant workers stranded in poor living conditions. Mercury MENA, an engineering company, failed to pay many of its workers for more than two years. The workers’ situation remained unresolved at the end of 2019.
Reports continued of migrant workers being fined for overstaying their visas and other immigration violations. Because migrants were unable to pay such fines, which were often too high for them to afford, many were held indefinitely in detention.

Statelessness​

The UAE continued to deny nationality to at least 15,000 individuals who were born within its borders and had no other nationality. This effectively rendered them stateless and deprived them of a range of state services, such as free education and health care.

Death penalty​

While no new executions were reported, courts continued to issue new death sentences, primarily against foreign nationals for violent crimes.


 

My Moria Moon

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Lebanese are all over the world as we know, as ordinary people migrating for a better livelihood and to even settle down and establish businesses and institutions and even intermarrying and assimilating into other cultures and nationalities. We are more in number outside of our country than inside of it.

A country where our compatriots have faced indiscriminate arrests and persecution, and their fundamental human rights abused without recourse to law, while that country continues to present itself as a moderate Arab nation on the path of progress and modernization is the United Arab Emirates. The UAE treats Lebanese nationals with a malicious tribal mentality and attitude.

Our compatriots like in many other countries they are found, choose the UAE to work and live in and to make their livelihood and get their daily bread. Their presence and struggle for a livelihood have been politicized by the UAE authorities, mostly on political and sectarian grounds. Ordinary people have been reduced to scapegoats.

Recently, days ago, 14 Lebanese were arbitrarily arrested, or rather kidnapped or at best have been victimized. And according to Lebanon's ambassador to the UAE, UAE authorities have given no explanation for the arbitrary arrests. Assuming we treat the nationals of the UAE and any other fellow Arab country in this manner or we as a people and country target the nationals of the UAE or another Arab country, what would have been the reaction of people, both within and outside Lebanon to such abuse of the rights of humans who are legal travellers? People are not supposed to be randomly arrested or targeted without a warrant for committing a crime. People are not supposed to be arrested and kept without bail or and should be charged for a crime. There should be convincing legal explanations if the nationals of a country are to be deported. These 14 men are not slaves who were captured and thrown into a prison cell. This abuse by the UAE has to stop. And this is not the first time they threaten to expel or arrest randomly Lebanese nationals (without anyone batting and eyelid, and) who work there and sweating for their livelihood while serving the economy and people of the UAE and making positive and constructive contributions to their host country and its it's people.

If the UAE has political bitterness towards any political organisation in Lebanon, their bitterness and anger should not be channelled in an abusive, random, unjustified and wicked way on ordinary people seeking a better life by doing legitimate work. Such insanity and inhumanity are not justified and cannot be representative of a modern and progressive society. This exposes the UAE authorities are still using a malicious tribal mentality and approach from the stone age to treat strangers and the nationals of another country (fellow Arabs) in their land. This is disgusting and goes against all Arab norms and human rights laws. Rights groups around the world need to raise the alarm because it is a very bad and dangerous precedence for humanity as a whole that the UAE is setting for others to follow by randomly and justifiably targeting the nationals of another country in such manner, without charges and without bail and with any arrest warrants.

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Envoy: No reasons given for UAE's arrest of 14 Lebanon citizens​


December 7, 2020 at 3:44 pm

Lebanon's Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Fouad Dandan, said he does not have information on the reasons why Emirati authorities arrested 14 Lebanese citizens last month as they played football.

Lebanese LBCI TV channel reported Dandan as saying that the investigations are still secret, noting that the Lebanese community is the second largest Arab community in the UAE, and has the lowest number of arrests.

Remarking on the UAE's decision to suspend visa applications for Lebanese citizens, Dandan said he has not been officially informed of the decision, adding that he had contacted Emirati authorities who confirmed no such decision has been made.

"Some Lebanese managed to obtain visas while others were unable to do so. There are conditions for obtaining visas, and in Lebanon there is a state of panic so people who submitted more than one visa application in one day have caused the 'system' to refuse their application. The only Emirate that has lifted the ban on visitors' visa is Dubai in light of the measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus," he added.


In memory of a legend, @LVV

You?, me ? and the fools you call our compatriots ?‍♂️???, they had a beautiful country located on a nice spot of the Mediterranean ??, with floating rivers of honey and milk ???? - eventually also gas ?. Any goat's wet dream ?.. oh and every khaliji's?‍♂️.

With food, water and all the pleasures ?‍♂️⛷️ ??????? any healthy and peaceful mediterranean country offers, it could have fed them all, had they treated it, and themselves, well. Instead, they razed it to the ground ❌☢️, literally.

Halla2 really, what are you exactly complaining about? ?‍♂️ Becoming the victims of own astro infinite stupidity? Keep celebrating yom el quds, praising Syria el Assad and the greatness of the resistance, without forgetting the umma
?‍♂️
?‍♀️
, it helps.
 
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Savo

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Lebanese are all over the world as we know, as ordinary people migrating for a better livelihood and to even settle down and establish businesses and institutions and even intermarrying and assimilating into other cultures and nationalities. We are more in number outside of our country than inside of it.

A country where our compatriots have faced indiscriminate arrests and persecution, and their fundamental human rights abused without recourse to law, while that country continues to present itself as a moderate Arab nation on the path of progress and modernization is the United Arab Emirates. The UAE treats Lebanese nationals with a malicious tribal mentality and attitude.

Our compatriots like in many other countries they are found, choose the UAE to work and live in and to make their livelihood and get their daily bread. Their presence and struggle for a livelihood have been politicized by the UAE authorities, mostly on political and sectarian grounds. Ordinary people have been reduced to scapegoats.

Recently, days ago, 14 Lebanese were arbitrarily arrested, or rather kidnapped or at best have been victimized. And according to Lebanon's ambassador to the UAE, UAE authorities have given no explanation for the arbitrary arrests. Assuming we treat the nationals of the UAE and any other fellow Arab country in this manner or we as a people and country target the nationals of the UAE or another Arab country, what would have been the reaction of people, both within and outside Lebanon to such abuse of the rights of humans who are legal travellers? People are not supposed to be randomly arrested or targeted without a warrant for committing a crime. People are not supposed to be arrested and kept without bail or and should be charged for a crime. There should be convincing legal explanations if the nationals of a country are to be deported. These 14 men are not slaves who were captured and thrown into a prison cell. This abuse by the UAE has to stop. And this is not the first time they threaten to expel or arrest randomly Lebanese nationals (without anyone batting and eyelid, and) who work there and sweating for their livelihood while serving the economy and people of the UAE and making positive and constructive contributions to their host country and its it's people.

If the UAE has political bitterness towards any political organisation in Lebanon, their bitterness and anger should not be channelled in an abusive, random, unjustified and wicked way on ordinary people seeking a better life by doing legitimate work. Such insanity and inhumanity are not justified and cannot be representative of a modern and progressive society. This exposes the UAE authorities are still using a malicious tribal mentality and approach from the stone age to treat strangers and the nationals of another country (fellow Arabs) in their land. This is disgusting and goes against all Arab norms and human rights laws. Rights groups around the world need to raise the alarm because it is a very bad and dangerous precedence for humanity as a whole that the UAE is setting for others to follow by randomly and justifiably targeting the nationals of another country in such manner, without charges and without bail and with any arrest warrants.

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Envoy: No reasons given for UAE's arrest of 14 Lebanon citizens​


December 7, 2020 at 3:44 pm

Lebanon's Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Fouad Dandan, said he does not have information on the reasons why Emirati authorities arrested 14 Lebanese citizens last month as they played football.

Lebanese LBCI TV channel reported Dandan as saying that the investigations are still secret, noting that the Lebanese community is the second largest Arab community in the UAE, and has the lowest number of arrests.

Remarking on the UAE's decision to suspend visa applications for Lebanese citizens, Dandan said he has not been officially informed of the decision, adding that he had contacted Emirati authorities who confirmed no such decision has been made.

"Some Lebanese managed to obtain visas while others were unable to do so. There are conditions for obtaining visas, and in Lebanon there is a state of panic so people who submitted more than one visa application in one day have caused the 'system' to refuse their application. The only Emirate that has lifted the ban on visitors' visa is Dubai in light of the measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus," he added.



since you are there to care about human rights of lebanese citizens :

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Savo

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In memory of a legend @LVV

You?, me ? and the fools you call our compatriots ?‍♂️???, they had a beautiful country on a nice spot of the Mediterranean ??, with floating rivers of honey and milk ???? - eventually also gas ?. Any goat's wet dream ?.. oh and every khaliji's?‍♂️.

With food, water and all the pleasures ?‍♂️⛷️ ??????? any healthy and peaceful mediterranean country offers, it could have fed them all, had they treated it, and themselves, well. Instead, they razed it to the ground ❌☢️, literally.

Halla2 really, what are you exactly complaining about? ?‍♂️ Becoming the victims of own astro infinite stupidity? Keep celebrating yom el quds, praising Syria el Assad and the greatness of the resistance, without forgetting the umma,
?‍♂️
?‍♀️
it helps.


yes my lady ?????????????? haahah ( @Indie) ..

RIP @LVV a true loyal for Mother russia ;)

one minute of silence for the fallen soldier

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Executing a journalist just because he was telling the truth. Is this Halal ? Is this accepted by the religious scholars?

What’s going on guys, they have lost the plot or what !!? God’s punishment will be harsh - damn I feel pity for these people they really don’t know what they are doing.

And they tried to bring this to Lebanon ..shame on the Lebanese who follow them out of their hate to their dear Lebanon - it is high treason
 

Rafidi

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In memory of a legend, @LVV

You?, me ? and the fools you call our compatriots ?‍♂️???, they had a beautiful country located on a nice spot of the Mediterranean ??, with floating rivers of honey and milk ???? - eventually also gas ?. Any goat's wet dream ?.. oh and every khaliji's?‍♂️.

With food, water and all the pleasures ?‍♂️⛷️ ??????? any healthy and peaceful mediterranean country offers, it could have fed them all, had they treated it, and themselves, well. Instead, they razed it to the ground ❌☢️, literally.

Halla2 really, what are you exactly complaining about? ?‍♂️ Becoming the victims of own astro infinite stupidity? Keep celebrating yom el quds, praising Syria el Assad and the greatness of the resistance, without forgetting the umma
?‍♂️
?‍♀️
, it helps.

So you support the abduction of the 14 guys in the UAE? So we get things clear and straight.
 

Rafidi

Legendary Member
When you behave like an inane militia from the rural regions of the middle of no-where, and when you’re mostly known around the world for blowing things up, you shouldn’t expect to be treated professionally....

So you are in support of the kidnap style arrest of the 14 guys in the UAE? So we know we arent beating around the bush.
 

Rafidi

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Reuters

WED AUG 5, 2020 / 12:23 AM EDT

Investors raise concerns about migrant workers' rights in Gulf​


Alexander Cornwell

DUBAI (Reuters) - A group of investors is raising concerns about the treatment of migrant workers in the Gulf, warning that labour practices risk leading to abuses such as modern slavery.

The group, led by fund manager CCLA, says it represents 38 investors with over $3 trillion in managed assets and wants companies to disclose how they protect migrant workers.

Such workers, many of them from Asia, provide the backbone of Gulf economies, working in sectors such as construction, hospitality and oil and gas.

The group of investors has written to over 50 international companies operating in the region. It does not imply any wrongdoing by the companies it has written to but said some may be unaware of the risks.

The group is concerned recruitment practices can require low-paid migrant workers to pay large fees to agents and middlemen to obtain employment in the Gulf, it said in a statement.

Those workers often need to take out loans or sign over assets to pay those fees, which may lead them to being in "debt bondage" and at high risk of forced labour and modern slavery, it said.

"As investors, we have a moral duty to ensure that we are not profiting from modern slavery in any shape or form," CCLA’s Chief Executive Peter Hugh Smith said.

The group also raised concerns about employers withholding migrant workers' passports and the impact the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has had on migrant workers.

Shell (RDSa.L), Spanish construction firm Acciona (ANA.MC), French construction firm Vinci (SGEF.PA), Hyatt (H.N) and Wyndham Hotels (WH.N) told Reuters they were committed to protecting human rights and had policies designed to safeguard workers.

Shell, Acciona and Vinci said those policies did not allow charging recruitment fees to workers and that they review worker welfare. Wyndham said it was not aware of any malpractice in any of its hotels.

Vinci said it was challenging to guarantee a fair recruitment process in many regions and that the company had to be vigilant to safeguard workers.

Amnesty International Campaigner Ella Knight said the Gulf's migrant workers had long faced problems including not being paid, late payment of wages, forced labour, dangerous working conditions and overcrowded, unsanitary accommodation.

(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell, Editing by Timothy Heritage and Christian Schmollinger)

 

Rafidi

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The UAE is not a democracy, and never purported to be so. I personally think that Lebanon would be better off as a constitutional monarchy.

Is Lebanon a democracy? Why are you using the style/nature of the regime to cover up for their lapses? Why not use the archaic type sectarian regime we have in Lebanon to cover up for the fact that protesters can get beaten? In some countries protesters get shot at, does that mean another country would be justified to kidnap their citizens?

You guys are spamming the thread and causing a nuisance by trolling. May Allah inflict the same nuisance in your lives. Say ameen.

And now we are talking about Lebanon becoming a monarchy. What nonsense. And who's going to be king? Or are we going to rotate the monarchy among the sects?
 

My Moria Moon

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So you support the abduction of the 14 guys in the UAE? So we get things clear and straight.
I certainly don't. As a matter of fact, except for this ta3eess one I was born in, I have a personal vow: never to set foot on any land ruled by Arabs or under retards rule, which should include Iran and a few more countries in this world, not even via transit flights. How can anyone trust these in backwardness dwelling people with one's freedom and one's life?

However, my post wasn't about them. It was about reality absorption. You wouldn't need to be bullied by some filthy bastard in a distant land if you had worked more on your own land, loved and appreciated what you had, and not screwed it. Yet, you keep doing it, and as we speak.
 

My Moria Moon

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You guys are spamming the thread and causing a nuisance by trolling. May Allah inflict the same nuisance in your lives. Say ameen.
It seems the nuisance is inside your head. Contrary to the malicious wish you're conjuring upon others, I wish you a quick recovery. But what exactly are your demands and conditions for replies in this thread so we know how to avoid to raise your motsic's blood pressure?
 

NewLeb

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Is Lebanon a democracy? Why are you using the style/nature of the regime to cover up for their lapses? Why not use the archaic type sectarian regime we have in Lebanon to cover up for the fact that protesters can get beaten? In some countries protesters get shot at, does that mean another country would be justified to kidnap their citizens?

What lapses? Were Dubai authorities accused of torturing children with cigarette butts like ASSad’s gang?

You guys are spamming the thread and causing a nuisance by trolling. May Allah inflict the same nuisance in your lives. Say ameen.

I say nfokho.

And now we are talking about Lebanon becoming a monarchy. What nonsense. And who's going to be king? Or are we going to rotate the monarchy among the sects?

The monarch should be a figure who is accepted by all sects, and to do this, he’ll need to show his largesse among all Lebanese communities, unlike most politicians who are only interested in helping out their own sect.
 

Rafidi

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It seems the nuisance is inside your head. Contrary to the malicious wish you're conjuring upon others, I wish you a quick recovery. But what exactly are your demands and conditions for replies in this thread so we know how to avoid to raise your motsic's blood pressure?

Why do you feel hurt, ya mahdoom? Seems I struck the right nerve.
 

Rafidi

Legendary Member
What lapses? Were Dubai authorities accused of torturing children with cigarette butts like ASSad’s gang?

Exactly. They do also not have gas chambers like Hitler did.

I say nfokho.

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The monarch should be a figure who is accepted by all sects, and to do this, he’ll need to show his largesse among all Lebanese communities, unlike most politicians who are only interested in helping out their own sect.

Who do you suggest? Give us a name.
 
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