Crowds blocked roads leading to government buildings to stop lawmakers from laws that critics fear could provide amnesty for past corruption.
BEIRUT: Melhem Khalaf, a law professor at Saint Joseph university, has become the new head of the Beirut Bar Association after beating out the political ruling class‘ candidate.
Khalaf, an independent candidate, ran against Nader Gaspard, who was backed by the Free Patriotic Movement, Lebanese Forces, Future Movement and Progressive Socialist Party.
A candidate backed by the protest movement that is sweeping the country was on Sunday elected as head of the Beirut Bar Association, scoring a precious win for the nascent movement over the country’s established political parties.
Lawyers who backed Melhem Khalaf erupted in joy and chanted “revolution, revolution” as the results were announced.
A couple dances in front of razor wire set between protesters and the Grand Serail in Beirut’s Riad al-Solh Square. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)