BEIRUT, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The European Union on Tuesday urged the newly elected Lebanese parliament to support the process of a swift government formation, and assume its responsibility of passing necessary legislation and implementing reforms.
"We call on the parliament to work together to serve the interest of Lebanon and its people by adopting all legislation and implementing reforms necessary to improve governance and stabilize the economy," the EU Delegation to Lebanon said in a statement.
The EU also reiterated its expectation that the presidential and municipal elections will be held according to schedule, in line with Lebanon's democratic principles, traditions, and commitments.
"The EU will continue to stand by Lebanon and its people," it said, adding that the EU has contributed to making these elections possible, by providing extensive technical assistance to the electoral management bodies and dispatching the Election Observation Mission.
Lebanon held on Sunday the 2022 parliamentary elections with a voter turnout reaching 42 percent compared to 49 percent in the 2018 elections.