The third and final stage of the Lebanese general elections passed of quietly in the Mount Lebanon Province near Beirut on Sunday (30 April).
The third and final stage of the Lebanese general elections passed of quietly in the Mount Lebanon Province near Beirut on Sunday (30 April). According to unofficial results, several traditional political figures who have dominated the country's politics over the past two decades were returned in the pell.
Candidates were contesting 30 of the seats in Lebanon's 99-seat single-chamber parliament.
Among these returned were former President Camille Shamoun, leader of the National Liberal Party, Mr. Kamap Jumblatt, leader of the Socialist progress Party and Mr. Raymond Edde, leader of the Nationalist blec. All three have had a preeminent role in national politics over the past 20 years.
The election was held in three stages in order to concentrate security forces each time. Troops and police were an hand to prevent incidents and vote-buying. The first stage was in Beirut and North Lebanon Provinces on April 16 -- in which 36 deputies were elected -- and the second was in the South Lebanon and Bakes Provinces on April 23 -- when 33 parliamentarian were elected.
It was reported that 75 per cent of eligible voters cast their valets on Sunday and there were few reports of vote-buying, in contrast to the first two stages. This is reportedly because Mount Lebanon is an area with strong party affiliations and definite idselesgical tendencies.
The new parliament will be called for an extraordinary session later this month to debate a number of proposals, including a draft law an political parties.