Election officials count ballots shortly after the polling stations closed, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Lebanon went to the polls Sunday under a controversial new voting system that has reduced the number of districts and allowed expats to vote abroad for the first time, not to mention the 800,000 under-30s who exercised their right to vote for the first time, and with voters expressing their support and loyalty to various political parties with their ballots.With the country's first elections in nine years behind us, it's imperative that we rechannel all our efforts toward addressing Lebanon's prevailing problems, including the ailing economy, rampant unemployment, archaic infrastructure and the heavy refugee burden.In the tense regional climate, divisions should come to an end and all must pitch in to protect the roof of our country's unity, independence and sovereignty, which has warded off any spillover of violence from the Syria conflict and brought relative stability to Lebanon.
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