Observers have warned not to expect any seismic shift from Sunday’s poll, despite widespread anger against the ruling political class that has controlled the country for decades. Despite new political groups making efforts to challenge the control of the traditional parties over their constituencies, the lever of power remains firmly in the hands of traditional sectarian parties with an electoral system rigged in their favor.
After an underwhelming campaign stifled by the nation’s all-consuming economic turmoil, queues of voters started forming when polling stations opened at 7:00 am (0400 GMT).
The army deployed across the country to secure a parliamentary election Lebanon’s donors have stressed was a pre-requisite for financial aid crucial to rescue it from bankruptcy.
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