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Crisis over Lebanon’s electoral law will intensify

Thursday, April 13, 2017


The country’s various sectarian groupings have been unable to agree on a new electoral law in time for polls due on May 21. After the failure of a last-ditch committee of cabinet ministers formed on April 10 to reach a compromise, parliament was due to debate a motion to extend its mandate for a third time since its election in 2009. This would have ignited massive popular protests.


  • Elections will now face further delays, which could become indefinite.
  • Either constitutional vacuum or parliament renewing its own mandate would likely mobilise broad popular street protests.
  • Prolonged uncertainty could strengthen Hezbollah’s ability to operate without oversight as an actor independent of the Lebanese state.

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