Lebanon’s Elections Are a Pyrrhic Victory for the Corrupt Status Quo

A Lebanese woman casts her vote in parliamentary elections, in Beirut, Lebanon, May 15, 2022 (AP photo by Hussein Malla).
A Lebanese woman casts her vote in parliamentary elections, in Beirut, Lebanon, May 15, 2022 (AP photo by Hussein Malla).
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Lebanon’s parliamentary elections produced some heartening news for critics of the political establishment, with protest candidates performing better than expected in Sunday’s polls. Initial results show that no fewer than 10 anti-establishment candidates won seats in parliament. This wouldn’t be enough to create a sizable counter-establishment bloc in the 128-seat parliament, but it would be enough to give a real platform to many dissenting views. Hezbollah and its allies, which are collectively known as the March 8 bloc, lost ground, winning at least 61 seats, compared to 71 in the previous elections. Some of the candidates who won seats as independents will ally with […]

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