BEIRUT (Aztag)–A candidate endorsed by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation in the Metn district won his bid in special parliamentary elections Sunday with flocks of Armenian voters turning out to ensure his victory.
Election officials, early Monday morning, announced that Camille Khoury, the candidate for the Free Patriotic Movement-ARF bloc won the vote. Khoury won the elections with 39,534 votes to former president Amin Jemayel’s 39,116 votes.
The FPM, which is fronted by opposition leader Michel Aoun, was very active in its support and electoral campaign for Khoury.
Member of Parliament Hagop Pakradouni and leaders of the ARF Central Committee of Lebanon toured the area and precincts to ensure a smooth election process. Later in the evening Pakradouni announced that more than 10,000 Armenian voters had taken part in the elections, 8,400 of whom voted for Khoury.
During a live televised debate on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, which featured Pakradouni as one of the panelists, Jemayel began a baseless attack on the Armenian constituency, especially the ARF.
In return, Pakradouni responded to those statemen’s, forcing Jemayel to retract his statemen’s.
The ARF’s and the Armenian community’s participation in the Lebanese vote earned the commendation of many of Lebanon’s leaders, including Aoun who appeared encouraged from the Armenian participation in the Christian bloc, which included Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Maronite sects.