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Parliamentary elections have been postponed for security reasons twice since the last elections nine years ago. After a new vote law was passed in June 2017, lawmakers granted themselves another 10 months to prepare for what they promised would be elections in May 2018 . Lebanese parties are under a different pressure in these elections due to changes brought on by the new vote law. Parties can no longer get by with a simple majority of votes to come out victorious.The electoral law in place during the Syrian tutelage of Lebanon used a winner-take-all system: If there were 10 MPs in one district and a party received 51 percent of the votes, all 10 seats would go to that party or alliance. Now, even if two large parties ally to marginalize another, it will be much more difficult to do so than in prior elections. It is likely, therefore, that the coming elections will see parties aligned in one area, while battling each other in another.
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