Lebanese Minister of Interior, Raya al-Hassan, said that the security situation is at least 90% better than what it was a few years ago. She credits the security forces for carrying out their duties and securing the country.
Iraq - The vote on the eight remaining cabinet positions has been delayed until Thursday after the loss of quorum in the Iraqi Council of Representatives. Tuesday's session was marred by boycotts and a scuffle between MPs.
A compromise candidate, Adel Abdul Mahdi, has 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval. His designation ends the months-long political deadlock in Iraq following the May elections.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi has taken many steps in the past two weeks to meet the demands of the demonstrators and assuage their anger. Oil prices have been improving for almost a year, and everyone knows there are sufficient funds to cover all the items of the annual budget
Iraq's parliamentary elections set for May 12 will indirectly decide on a new prime minister and president. This is the fourth parliamentary elections since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the first since the liberation from ISIS.
Lebanon heads to general elections for the first time in nine years. This is the first elections to include the 82k expat voters, totaling the total registered voters at 3.6 million. This election also sees a new Electoral system in which voters will vote twice, once for coalitions and once for the candidate.