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Lebanon’s new electoral law favours sectarian parties

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Significance

Parliament on June 16 ratified a new electoral law, averting the looming political crisis that threatened to leave the country without a legislature.

Impacts

  • New, non-sectarian political movements could launch street protests against the law, as they plan a strategy for the 2018 elections.
  • Redistricting could incentivise collaboration between the larger Christian parties.
  • Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri will try to boost his re-election prospects through improved government performance.
  • Border security, Syrian refugee fears, infrastructure spending and rubbish collection will be key areas of focus.
  • Only a major regional crisis such as war between Israel and Hezbollah would be sufficient to postpone elections again.
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