Lebanon’s Winning Women: Paula Yacoubian One of Six Female Candidates Voted Into Parliament


Lebanon’s new parliament will include six female lawmakers across the country, up from just four in the 2009-era parliament with several fresh faces.

The landmark May 6 election saw a record 86 women run, with virtually every party – except  Hezbollah – putting forth female candidates.

Here is an overview of Paula Yacoubian who scored a spot in Lebanon’s 128-member legislative body.

Paula Yacoubian, the high-profile television journalist landed a seat in the capital Beirut after running on a list of outsiders known as Kulluna Watani.

“This is the real change, the real opposition,” she told AFP during her campaign.

The 42-year-old daughter of an Armenian genocide survivor long hosted a show on the channel owned by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, but she stepped down to run for office.

Yacoubian is the only candidate from outside the traditional political class to have won a seat.

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