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#Le­bane­se­elec­tions

On Sun­day, May 6, Le­banese peo­ple cast their votes in the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions for the first time in nine years. The day was packed with ac­tion and the cor­re­spond­ing hash­tag in both its Ara­bic and English (#Le­bane­se­elec­tions) vari­a­tions stole the spot­light in ev­ery way, as Twit­ter users com­mented on the elec­toral pro­ce­dure, tracked down vi­o­la­tions (of­ten through pic­tures and videos) and tweeted their sup­port for pre­ferred can­di­dates. Many of the tweets were cen­tered around in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates, em­pha­siz­ing the im­por­tance of bring­ing new blood to the Le­banese po­lit­i­cal scene.

#Joumanadeputy

Af­ter pre­lim­i­nary re­sults of the Le­banese par­lia­men­tary elec­tions re­vealed Le­banese au­thor and 'Koul­louna Watani' can­di­date Joumana Had­dad had won a seat in the new par­lia­ment, it turned out that Free Pa­tri­otic Move­ment can­di­date An­toine Pano had ac­tu­ally won the seat as per the of­fi­cial re­sults, which put an end to the cel­e­bra­tions and sent Had­dad’s sup­port­ers into an on­line frenzy. The shock­ing news lead to the birth of the hash­tag, #Joumanadeputy (in Ara­bic) by which Twit­ter users protested mul­ti­ple vi­o­la­tions in the vot­ing/vote count­ing process and de­clared Had­dad as a win­ner to them re­gard­less of the re­sults.

#Roy­al­wed­ding

The world’s most awaited event of the year i.e. the wed­ding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was held on May 19, prompt­ing the cor­re­spond­ing hash­tag to the very top of Twit­ter’s trends both be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the cer­e­mony. Pic­tures, tweets and memes filled ev­ery user’s time­line as the wed­ding un­folded, mak­ing it one of the most talked about events of 2018. In a tweet that went viral min­utes af­ter it was posted, Twit­ter user Sarah Rogers spot­ted an un­canny re­sem­blance be­tween Pippa Mid­dle­ton’s flo­ral dress and one of Ari­zona iced tea can.

#Ra­madan

May 17 marked the first day of the holy month, prompt­ing #Ra­madan to the top of Twit­ter’s trend­ing hash­tags world­wide, with users ex­chang­ing wishes and fun tweets per­tain­ing to the oc­ca­sion. As usual, Ra­madan se­ries were a topic of con­cern to many, whether in terms of ex­press­ing their opin­ion on the dif­fer­ent Ra­madan se­ries air­ing on lo­cal TV chan­nels or just com­ment­ing the yearly Ra­madan se­ries phe­nom­e­non. “Am I the only hu­man be­ing who’s not plan­ning to watch any Ra­madan se­ries?” one user wrote. “So many ra­madan se­ries..so lit­tle time,” an­other user lamented.

#Me­lanie

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump mis­spelled his wife Me­la­nia’s name in a tweet on May 19, trig­ger­ing a full-fledged Twit­ter storm of jokes and crit­i­cism. In the in­fa­mous tweet, Trump re­ferred to the First Lady as ‘Me­lanie’ as he re­as­sured the pub­lic that she was do­ing well and wel­comed her home fol­low­ing an sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure she un­der­went to treat a kid­ney con­di­tion. Me­lanie in­stantly be­came a twit­ter trend, as is of­ten the case with Trump’s Twit­ter mishaps (re­mem­ber cov­fefe?). “Won­der­ful. But do tell us more about this Me­lanie,” a user wrote. “I’m just re­lieved that he ac­ci­den­tally said Me­lanie and not Ivanka,” an­other user joked.

#Gaza

Mon­day 14 marked an­other sad day for Pales­tine af­ter 60 peo­ple were killed in a bru­tal Is­raeli at­tack on Gaza, just as the US in­au­gu­rated its new em­bassy in Jerusalem. The strike sparked in­ter­na­tional out­rage on so­cial me­dia and among many of the world’s lead­ers, es­pe­cially that vic­tims were un­armed pro­test­ers. The #Gaza hash­tag in­stantly trended, as peo­ple all over the world ex­pressed out­rage at the mas­sacre and showed their sup­port for the Pales­tinian peo­ple.

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