Lebanese parliamentary election, 6 May 2018

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Lebanon held a parliamentary election on 6 May 2018. Hezbollah and its political allies expanded their share of seats in the Parliament, increasing their political influence at the expense of the incument Prime Minister's party. The Free Patriotic Movement emerged as the largest bloc following the election.

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This was the first legislative election held since 2009. The poll was postponed in 2013, 2014 and 2017 for different reasons, including the security situation, the failure of the Parliament to elect a President for the country and technical requirements of holding an election. An electoral law adopted in 2017 introduced proportional representation in the country for the first time in history.

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Commentary and Analysis
Al Jazeera, 10.05.18: Unpicking the results of Lebanon's elections https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/unpicking-results-lebanon-elections-180510171253490.html
The New York Times, 10.05.18: Half a Cheer for Democracy in Lebanon https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/10/opinion/international-world/election-democracy-lebanon.html
UK: House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper, No. 8208 (25.10.18): Lebanon 2018 http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-8208/CBP-8208.pdf
Chatham House: Expert Comment, 09.05.18: Lebanon Re-elects Its Political Status Quo https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/lebanon-re-elects-its-political-status-quo
The Guardian, 05.05.18: Lebanon election likely to reaffirm status quo in country riven by dysfunction https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/05/lebanon-election-likely-to-reaffirm-status-quo
Euronews, 30.04.18: Lebanon's long-awaited parliamentary elections: analysis https://www.euronews.com/2018/04/30/lebanon-s-long-waited-parliamentary-elections-analysis
Wikipedia: Lebanese general election, 2018 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanese_general_election,_2018

CNN, 07.05.18: Hezbollah calls Lebanon election gains 'great victory' https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/07/middleeast/lebanon-elections-intl/index.html
BBC News, 07.05.18: Lebanon election: Hezbollah leader declares 'victory' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-44027973
The New York Times, 07.05.18: Lebanon Elections Boost Hezbollah’s Clout https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/07/world/middleeast/lebanon-election-hezbollah.html
Reuters, 07.05.18: Hezbollah allies gain in Lebanon vote, underscoring Iran sway https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1I804D
France24, 03.05.18: Record number of women brace for tough fight in Lebanese elections https://www.france24.com/en/20180503-lebanon-elections-parliament-record-number-women-female-candidates-beirut

EU: EEAS: Statement by the Spokesperson on the parliamentary elections in Lebanon https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/lebanon/44269/
EU: EEAS: European Union Election Observation Mission - Lebanon 2018 https://eeas.europa.eu/election-observation-missions/eom-%E2%80%8Blebanon-2018

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