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Emboldened by the Beirut Madinati campaign in 2016, these newcomers sought to replicate the idea of running against the political establishment.These newcomers, albeit well intended, committed three fatal errors.The first fatal move is in an NGO-inspired discourse on good governance. Lebanese politics are not conducted in formal national institutions, but through informal back-door channels and in secrecy during for example National Dialogue talks.Lebanese voters could care less if their MP attended parliamentary sessions or not and a case in point is that Lebanon's most powerful politicians hardly ever attend parliamentary sessions, and many powerful heads of parties are not even MPs. Mobilization around trash as a political crisis, public spaces, feminism and migrant workers was completely disconnected from the campaigns of supposed civil society leaders.The newcomer's third and most fatal move is in organizing.Political crisis is also an opportunity.There is an immediate need to create an opportunity out of this crisis of political representation.
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