South 1 Saida-Jezzine District: Independent Candidates

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South 1 Saida-Jezzine District: Independent Candidates


Number of Registered Voters in Lebanon 2021: 63,809

Number of Registered Voters in Diaspora 2021: 3,435

Voter Turnout 2018: 56.71%

TOTAL: 2 seats | Sunni (2 seats)


Number of Registered Voters in Lebanon 2021: 57,175

Number of Registered Voters in Diaspora 2021: 4,898

Voter Turnout 2018: 53.14%

TOTAL: 3 seats | Maronite (2 seats) | Catholics (1 seat)

“We are the Change” advocates for the principles of the revolution: freedom, serving the people, and providing a decent living for all Lebanese.

We are the Change

We are the Change
Robert Khoury

Robert El Khoury –

روبير الخوري

Seat: Greek Catholic – Jezzine

Robert El Khoury earned a Doctor of Dentistry from the Lebanese University. He is a political and social activist committed to facing corruption in Jezzine and Lebanon. El Khoury is a human rights advocate and aims to break the tradition of political succession and build a civil and just state. He promises the people that he will remain by their side to listen and solve their problems to improve their material, economic, and social conditions. 

Suleiman Malek

Sleiman Malek –

سليمان مالك

Seat: Maronite – Jezzine

Sleiman Malek was born in Sidon. He earned a Master’s degree in Private Law from the Lebanese University and then worked at Nammour Law Firm, where he is still an Associate Partner. In 2019, Malek established his law firm that deals with civil, penal, commercial, and labor laws. He is also a lecturer at the Formatech Integrated learning center in labor law and social security and is part of the Beirut Bar Association. Malek has been following the Bisri Dam case since 2015 and is a member of several organizations concerned with public and legal affairs, such as the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE). He demands that the Proportionality Law, which secures proper representation for all citizens, be adopted by the Lebanese government.

Joseph Asmar-min

Joseph Al Asmar –

جوزاف الاسمر

Political Affiliation:Jabhit 17 Techrine

Seat: Maronite – Jezzine

Political Cluster: Lebanese Opposition Front

General Joseph Elias Al Asmar is a retired Brigadier. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph University. He joined the Military Academy in the Lebanese Army in 1983 and the movement of retired soldiers in 2017. General Al Asmar has been part of the October 17 revolution since its inception and organized many revolutionary activities in Beirut and Mount Lebanon. If elected, he promises to protect the people of the South and across Lebanon from the dark regime in power.

Hania Zaatari

Hania Al Zaatari –

هانيه الزعتري

Political Affiliation:Madinati 

Seat: Sunni – Saida 

Political Cluster: نداء ١٣ نيسان

Hania Zaatari was born and raised in Saida. She earned a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is the Director of El Ghaddar and the Head of the Licensing and Monitoring Department at the Regional Industry Department in the South. Zaatari worked on computerizing the Ministry of Industry’s system. She is active in the State Employees Association, The Syndicate is Rising, and a project aiming to reduce industrial pollution in the Litani River.

 “I’m independent and can use my expertise to make a difference. Nothing is impossible, especially with technology.”

Mohammad Al Zarif

Mohammad Al Zarif –

محمد الظريف

Seat: Sunni – Saida

Mohammad Al Zarif earned a degree in Financial and Banking Management from the American University of Science & Technology. He earned certificates from Procter & Gamble in Marketing Operations Management Sales and Anti-Counterfeiting and Smuggling. Al Zarif also holds a degree in Democratic Citizenship and Nation Building from Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. He is President of the Lebanese Center for Development and Vice President of the Lebanese Council for Research and Development. He is the former Advertising Account Executive at Transmed and a founding member of the “Loyal to the Homeland” organization.

“Change will not come if we wait for another time or other people. We are done waiting.”

“We are waging a confrontation during the parliamentary elections in all electoral districts, bearing a single and clear governance project, an alternative to a coalition of sects and money leaders, that simulates the people’s concerns and their actual reality.”


Ahmad Al Assi

Ahmad Al Assi –

احمد العاصي

Political Affiliation: MMFD – مواطنون ومواطنات في دولة

Seat: Sunni – Saida

Ahmad Al Assi was born in Sidon in 1990 and is an electrical and computer engineer. He is a member of the Council of Delegates in the Syndicate of Engineers in Beirut. Al Assi earned a Master’s degree in economics. He believes the current authority has brought Lebanon to its darkest moments of injustice. If elected, Al Assi plans to implement a federal project that alleviates the crisis and lays the foundations of a state. He says that we need leaders who will defend our interests, especially in the face of those who are ready to sell our society.

Elie Abu Tas

Elie Abu Tas –

ايلي ابو طاس

Political Affiliation: MMFD – مواطنون ومواطنات في دولة

Seat: Maronite – Jezzine

Elie Abu Tas was born in Rmaych in 1984 and is a mechanical engineer. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is the Head of Operations of the Beirut Port investigation. Abu Tas witnessed “the dissipation of society and the transformation of those around him into commodities that enhance the legitimacy of the authorities’ fragile sects.”

“I decided to contest the current authority over its legitimacy and to demonstrate the alternative as a unified political movement across the country.”

Emilio Matar

Emilio Matar

اميليو مطر

Political Affiliation: MMFD – مواطنون ومواطنات في دولة

Seat: Maronite – Jezzine

Emilio Matar was born in Beirut in 1989 and is an engineer. He is a member of the Council of Delegates in the Syndicate of Engineers in Beirut. If elected, Matar promises to deal with the daily needs of all Lebanese, from healthcare coverage to education, work, savings, housing, safety, and more. 

“In 2016, I stood by the Lebanese people as I refused, and still refuse, to surrender to those who did not properly manage our society, but rather killed, displaced, and impoverished the Lebanese. I am convinced that confronting them can only be done through organized political action.” 

Ismail Haffouda

Ismail Haffouda

اسماعيل حفوضه

Political Affiliation: صيدا تنتفض

Seat: Sunni – Saida

Ismail Haffouda was born in Sidon in 1975. He is a political and social activist who stands up for the rights of all Lebanese. He is the co-founder of the Sidon Rebellion Group and has been active in the October 17 Revolution since its inception. Haffouda fails to understand why the current governmental system rashly wastes Sidon’s resources, such as water, instead of using them to help the people.


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