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Electoral bickering over women religious educators in the North

11-4-2018

After Al Diyar raised the issue of women religious educators in the North (https://bit.ly/2qp0L99), and they became the focus of a large segment of Tripoli’s community, former prime minister Najib Mikati asked to meet the teachers to discuss their demand for an hourly raise among other social claims. Mikati expressed his regret for not finding solutions in the near future, stressing that he will continue to follow-up this issue personally. The former PM also promised to take this matter to the Legislative to request equal treatment with other public school teachers. Following Mikati’s intervention, the electoral machine of the Future Movement in the northern city contacted the religious educators to set a date for their meeting with premier Saad Hariri, to which some agreed and others opposed. Those who rejected the initiative did not want their case to be manipulated in the elections auction, particularly that it has been there for a long time and the current PM never mediated to resolve it. Those who agreed justified the visit as important because Hariri is currently the prime minister and has the executive power to correct the situation. Should he be honest, the solution will see light in a week and will not drag on until after casting the ballots. On the other hand, and following in the footsteps of their Tripoli colleagues, 176 religious educators in Akkar, with their families and relatives, decided not to vote in the parliamentary elections, warning they will stage sit-ins in front of the polling stations on May 6. (Al Diyar, April 1, 3, 4, 2018)

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