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U.S.-Backed Majority Holds On to Power in Lebanon

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Following a landmark election on Sunday, the U.S.-backed "March 14" coalition held on to its slim majority in the Lebanese parliament, defeating the opposition alliance of Hezbollah, Amal, and the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), an officially secular but mostly Christian party headed by General Michel Aoun.

Analysts are scrutinizing the returns in an effort to explain how March 14 managed to pull off a decisive win, given that extensive polling over a period of months had suggested a much closer race with a greater likelihood of an opposition victory. ...

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