How a raunchy model became a last-minute challenger for the Lebanese presidency

Myriam Klink
Updated 01 November 2016

How a raunchy model became a last-minute challenger for the Lebanese presidency

Of all his political contenders, perhaps the last thing Lebanese President Michel Aoun expected was that he would be challenged — at what political commentators are referring to as a coronation rather than a parliamentary election session — by none other than Lebanese model-turned-singer Myriam Klink. 
Klink, who is equally known for her semi-naked photo-shoots as well as her controversial political statements, actually received a presidential vote during the first round of Monday’s Parliament session, in which General Aoun failed to win before finally securing enough votes later on to be named president. 
However, Klink’s nomination was voided by speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri who reminded observers that the vote was invalid given that she is of Greek Orthodox faith, while the president of Lebanon — as per the Taif Accord — must be a Maronite. 
Whilst the vote was not serious, and was most likely meant as an act of objection or a just as a joke, it still generated headlines instantly in Lebanon and quickly became the most trending topic among social media users.
Many were wild-guessing who was the MP who voted for Klink; others cracked jokes that whoever the MP was, he will definitely be rewarded generously by the raunchy blonde bombshell. 
Klink is no stranger to politics; in 2014 she has made headlines by visiting Syrian regime President Bashar Assad who she declared she is a fan of. However, she didn’t reveal the nature of the audience she was granted with Assad.
Apologizing to her fans at the time, she said she could not disclose the details of “important matters, especially politicals! [sic].”
She has also posed naked behind the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran to show support to their football team and also had an unsuccessful bid to run as a Greek Orthodox MP.


Mickey Mouse fans ‘over the moon’ as Tokyo Disney reopens

Updated 01 July 2020

Mickey Mouse fans ‘over the moon’ as Tokyo Disney reopens

  • The resort will operate at a 50 percent capacity for the foreseeable future, while parades and shows remain suspended
  • Tokyo, which has seen the highest number of coronavirus cases in Japan, allowed amusement parks to reopen in mid-June

TOKYO: Tokyo Disney Resort welcomed visitors on Wednesday for the first time in four months after being closed due to the coronavirus, with fans practicing social distance as they returned to see Mickey Mouse and other beloved characters.
Visitors in face masks queuing on floor marks clapped as the gates of the Magic Kingdom reopened, and were encouraged to clean hands, pay without cash and avoid screaming while enjoying one of Japan’s largest theme parks.
The resort will operate at a 50 percent capacity for the foreseeable future, while parades and shows remain suspended. But the new norm did not dampen the enthusiasm of Disney lovers like university student Momoka Mitsui.
“I’m over the moon just to be able to get inside Disneyland,” said the 18-year old who visited the park with a friend, both sporting face masks and matching Mickey Mouse headbands.
Tokyo, which has seen the highest number of coronavirus cases in Japan, allowed amusement parks to reopen in mid-June — later than those in some other regions — after the government lifted the national state of emergency in late May.
Other precautions being taken to protect against the disease at the park include temperature screening and the mandatory use of face masks, according to operations procedures published on the Tokyo Disney Resort’s website last week.
Staff members are also asking guests to refrain from screaming loudly on rides, in accordance with guidelines first published by Japan’s main amusement park associations in May.
Masahiko Endo, a 37-year-old care worker from Tokyo, said he agreed with the decision to limit the number of guests entering the park located some 15 kilometers away from central Tokyo.
“I hope the pandemic will be contained soon, so that Disney can go back to being a place anyone can visit,” he said, clinching a Duffy the Disney Bear toy.
Tokyo Disney Resort, consisting of both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, is the third Disney-themed park globally to reopen following the coronavirus pandemic, according to operator Oriental Land.
It attracted over 32.5 million visitors annually in 2018 and had sales of $4.06 billion in fiscal 2019.