Elections posters in Beirut, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Increasing violations of Lebanon's electoral law threaten to undermine the democracy of Lebanon's first parliamentary elections in nine years, a local elections oversight NGO warned in a report published Tuesday.The Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections warned of these violations being committed with relative impunity given the hurdles faced by an electoral supervisory committee hamstrung by the political establishment.LADE reported that many violations to the electoral law stemmed from "external interventions" by nations such as – but not limited to – Saudi Arabia and Iran, which have long used Lebanon as an arena for their regional power play.The inauguration brought together key politicians including Hariri, Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea and Progressive Socialist Party head Walid Jumblatt.
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