Lebanese go to the polls in crucial electionsAdd to Lightbox Download
Lebanese went to the polls on 7 June 2009 to elect a new government to run the country for the next four years. The vote is crucial as it puts the governming "March 14" coalition against a powerful opposition that includes the resistance and political movement Hizballah. Although Hizballah is all but guaranteed 11 out of the 128 parliamentary seats, the elections are being framed as a victory for Hizballah if the opposition does take the majority of seats. The real battle is being fought between the country's Christian communities. Former Lebanese General Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement is challenging the Christian parties of the March 14 alliance. Lebanon's political system is split 50/50 between Muslims an Christians even though Muslims represent an overwhelming majority of the population. ///Michel Aoun, Head of the Free Patriotic Movement and one of the leaders of the opposition coalition with Hizballah, angered by the long lines at polling stations speaks with reporters after casting his vote at a school in the southern suburbs of Beirut.
- Matthew Cassel
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