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Latest update : 2013-03-21

Electoral law reform could see religion deciding results

Lebanese parliamentary elections should take place this June. With tensions running high in the region, not least with the ongoing situation in neighbouring Syria, the balance of power in Lebanon is in the spotlight. A proposed electoral law has attracted controversy, as it calls for citizens to vote for the candidate who belongs to their own sect. Critics say it threatens the fragile equilibrium that has existed between the country's various sects for years.

By Nayla EL EID

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