Lebanon's police chief has issued an unusual order to his force, appealing to their patriotism in calling on them to vote in favor of the country's entry for the seven natural wonders of the world.
"I gave orders to 23,500 police officers to cast their ballot in favor of Jeita Grotto so that they do their part as citizens and our entry comes out the winner," General Achraf Rifi told AFP, in commenting on his written order.
Rifi said he had done his part by voting and thought it essential for his men to follow suit
"This is different from the unusual military orders I issue," quipped the general. "And I promise not to take any measures against anyone who does not heed my call."
Jeita Grotto, a majestic cave complex located 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of the capital Beirut, was selected in July as one of 28 finalists in a competition by a Swiss-based organization.
Among its competitors are the Amazon, Mount Vesuvius and the Dead Sea.