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Lebanon's bizarre electoral law has more than a few politicians scratching their heads – and others bowing out of the race entirely.Sidon has two Sunni seats, but under the new law, Siniora would either have to be on a brutally dominant electoral list or be the most popular Sunni on his own list – a tall order running alongside MP Bahia Hariri.The devil to blame is the "sawt tafdili," or preferential vote. Under Lebanon's new electoral system, voters cast two votes: one for a list of candidates and another for their preferred candidate within that list. Despite getting the most votes in the two previous elections, Safadi opted to sit on the sidelines this time around, avoiding a split in the preferential vote between himself and two other popular Sunnis likely to feature on the Future Movement's list, MPs Mohammad Kabbara and Samir Jisr.Kabbara edged out Jisr in the 2009 elections by 1,252 votes out of about 90,000 ballots cast.Because the preferential vote is calculated as a percentage of votes cast at the subdistrict level, it's thought that Samad could beat Karami.
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