Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas. – Margaret Thatcher

The eldest MP, Michel Murr, running the session of electing the speaker of the parliament, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Lebanese parliament / Flickr)

The eldest MP, Michel Murr, running the session of electing the speaker of the parliament, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Lebanese parliament / Flickr)

Outgoing Lebanese PM Saad Al-Hariri posing beside the newly elected speaker Nabih Berri inside the parliament building in Beirut, Lebanon. (Ali Fawaz / Lebanese parliament )

Outgoing Lebanese PM Saad Al-Hariri posing beside the newly elected speaker Nabih Berri inside the parliament building in Beirut, Lebanon. (Ali Fawaz / Lebanese parliament )

Director and actress Nadine Labaki (L), her husband producer Khaled Mouzanar (R) and Syrian actor Zain al-Rafeea pose with the "Capharnaum" trophy at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. (Loic VENANCE / AFP)

Director and actress Nadine Labaki (L), her husband producer Khaled Mouzanar (R) and Syrian actor Zain al-Rafeea pose with the “Capharnaum” trophy at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. (Loic VENANCE / AFP)

Humanitarian aid boxes from the UAE are placed for distribution over the Syrian refugees during Ramadan in Mghairiyeh southern Beirut, Lebanon. (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)

Humanitarian aid boxes from the UAE are placed for distribution over the Syrian refugees during Ramadan in Mghairiyeh southern Beirut, Lebanon. (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)

Animal and plant species are vanishing at an accelerating pace, but conservationists are pushing back against the juggernaut of mass extinction, in Al-Shouf Ceder Nature Reserve in Lebanon. (James Hardcastle / IUCN)

Animal and plant species are vanishing at an accelerating pace, but conservationists are pushing back against the juggernaut of mass extinction, in Al-Shouf Ceder Nature Reserve in Lebanon. (James Hardcastle / IUCN)

A female driver takes part in the "Rallye des Graces" in Lebanon (Hasan Shaaban / The Daily Star)

A female driver takes part in the “Rallye des Graces” in Lebanon (Hasan Shaaban / The Daily Star)

Activist Manal Kortam cast her vote in Bourj Barajneh Palestinian refugees camp. “We Exist” campaign aimed to raise attention to the issues faced by Palestinians in Lebanon and the systemic discrimination the community is subject to. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

Activist Manal Kortam cast her vote in Bourj Barajneh Palestinian refugees camp. “We Exist” campaign aimed to raise attention to the issues faced by Palestinians in Lebanon and the systemic discrimination the community is subject to. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

A dragonfly rests on a twig near the lake in Taanayel, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

A dragonfly rests on a twig near the lake in Taanayel, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

A giant screen in the parliament square showing the image of the speaker of the parliament reading “congratulations”, one day ahead of a session to elect the new speaker, in Beirut, Lebanon.

A giant screen in the parliament square showing the image of the speaker of the parliament reading “congratulations”, one day ahead of a session to elect the new speaker, in Beirut, Lebanon.

The moon is seen among illuminated decorations near al Al-Amin Mosque on the second day of Ramadan in Beirut, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

The moon is seen among illuminated decorations near al Al-Amin Mosque on the second day of Ramadan in Beirut, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

A number of mosques in the capital beam a blue light towards the sky as part of the decoration for the holy month of Ramadan (Michel Sabbagh)

A number of mosques in the capital beam a blue light towards the sky as part of the decoration for the holy month of Ramadan (Michel Sabbagh)

Students from Lebanese American University (LAU) sail a boat made from plastic water bottles under slogan “Reviving our heritage Saving our Environment”, upon their arrival at Zaitunay Bay in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

Students from Lebanese American University (LAU) sail a boat made from plastic water bottles under slogan “Reviving our heritage Saving our Environment”, upon their arrival at Zaitunay Bay in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

A Palestinian man makes “katayef” at a shop on Ramadan, in Bourj Barajneh Palestinian refugees camp, southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

A Palestinian man makes “katayef” at a shop on Ramadan, in Bourj Barajneh Palestinian refugees camp, southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

People watch TV in the parliament square during a Ramadan evening in downtown Beirut ,Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

People watch TV in the parliament square during a Ramadan evening in downtown Beirut ,Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

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