Free Patriotic Movement supporters celebrate the party's results in the parliamentary elections, early on May 7, 2018 in the Lebanese coastal town of Batroun. (AFP/IBRAHIM CHALHOUB)
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The release of the breakdown of preferential votes gained by each winning candidate in Sunday's parliamentary elections by the Interior Ministry has exposed discrepancies that have parties already arguing there needs to be reform of the once-used electoral law.Four MPs secured a seat in Parliament with barely 700 votes, while others took home 7,000 votes but were locked out due to district demographics and electoral law dynamics. According to official poll results issued by the Interior Ministry Tuesday, Zahle's new MP Eddy Demerdjian has the unfortunate title of serving lawmaker with the smallest backing. He received just 77 votes – 0.1 percent of the district's electorate. Lebanese Forces candidate Fadi Karam took 7,162 votes for the Orthodox seat in Koura, but his rival, Free Patriotic Movement contender Georges Attallah, won the seat with only 3,383 votes.The new electoral law divided the country into 15 districts, and saw lists of candidates compete to meet a threshold number of votes before preferential votes for individuals were tallied to decide the running order when assigning seats proportionally based on the share of votes the list received.
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