}

Hezbollah Loses at the Polls

Taken from A.P.

Taken from A.P.

Sunday was Lebanon’s election day. Two factionswere running; the 14 March Coalition and the 8 March Coalition. The Pro-Western 14 March Coalition is comprised of the Future Movement, Progressive Socialist Party, Christian Lebanese Forces, and the Christian Phalangist Party. The pro-Syrian/Iranian 8 March Coalition is comprised of Hezbollah, Amal, and the Free Patriotic Movement, 2 Shia and 1 Christian parties.

Resultslate last night showed the 14 March Coalition as being in the lead, with final results expected this afternoon. As of last night, the polls showed 67 to March 14, 58 to March 8, two to independents, and another seven undecided. The Christian vote seemed to be evenly split between the 14 March, mostly Christian, Coalition, and the 8 March Coalition, with the [Christian] Free Patriotic Movement party. This shows a minor setback for Hezbollah, and may perhaps have implications as to the wishes of the Lebanese people. However, with only 52% of the eligible voters voting, it is difficult to tell the “will of the people” simply from the elections.

It is important to note that already the population is approximately 60% Muslim and 39% Christian, with the Shia as the largest growing religious group in Lebanon. The mixed Christian and Sunni coalition managed to pull of the majority in the elections. This, however, does not mean the end to civil strife in Lebanon, as the victory will not reach an overwhelming majority, which would simplify governance. As such, Hezbollah and its supporters will control a strong and substantial majority in Parliament, making pro-Western legislation difficult. Moreover, given the Hezbollah still militarily controls the South of Lebanon, it will be difficult fo rthe new government to impose any laws in that region.

Yet, the key to this whole story is that the voting went off democratically, as Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said, “I present this victory to Lebanon. It is an exceptional day for democracy in Lebanon.”

Latest posts by dahlia (see all)

5 Comments

  1. ck

    6/8/2009 at 6:49 am

    Mazal Tov to the people of Lebanon for holding a successful democratic election. Now disarm Hezballah and regin your sovereignty so you can be a real country!

  2. Tom Morrissey

    6/8/2009 at 2:37 pm

    Once the Golan is handed over, no problem.

  3. themiddle

    6/8/2009 at 4:19 pm

    Nope, the Golan won’t do it. They’ve already demanded seven villages in Northern Israel as Lebanese territory.

  4. shamil basayev jr.

    6/15/2009 at 3:39 pm

    haha, you fools. the opposing party that ran against hezbollah, is secretly hezbollah disguised; so that the could get funds from westerners. you idiots.

  5. design blog

    12/15/2016 at 8:43 pm

    What’s Happening i’m new to this, I stumbled
    upon this I have found It positively useful and it has aided me out loads.
    I’m hoping to contribute & aid different users
    like its aided me. Great job.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: