After the Election, It’s Government as Usual in Lebanon | Pacific Standard


The international community repeatedly stressed the importance of Lebanon holding timely elections to restore confidence in its institutions and maintain stability, but all the while little has been done to regenerate a nation left decimated after its civil war ended in 1990: Infrastructure buckles, roads are choked with cars, beaches are littered with trash, Internet is spotty, and electrical and water supplies are severed for no fewer than three hours daily.

Elections for Lebanon’s Parliament have been postponed three times since the last vote in 2009, when the turnout reached 54 percent.

“There is no such thing as democracy,” says Kamal Feghali, a local elections analyst. “A small country like Lebanon has no real value and whatever it does it is always influenced and affected by what goes on politically in neighboring countries.”

Source: After the Election, It’s Government as Usual in Lebanon – Pacific Standard

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