The election of Michel Aoun as President of Lebanon on 31
October 2016 puts an end to a constitutional crisis which posed
a serious threat to the fragile balances on which the Lebanese society
is based. It does not however guarantee that the country’s other
problems will be resolved.
The situation of refugees has worsened and today Lebanon hosts
an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees, in addition to the many
other refugees who were already there, making Lebanon the country
with the highest number of refugees per capita in the world. This
is becoming unsustainable. The international community should thank
Lebanon for its hospitality and should step up, as a matter of urgency,
the contribution to support and assist the refugees in the country.
The Parliamentary Assembly should develop relations with the
Lebanese Parliament, first by inviting Lebanese parliamentarians
to follow its the work and then by encouraging the Lebanese Parliament
to consider applying for partnership for democracy status with the