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Lebanese voters went to the polls to elect their parliament for the first time in nine years on Sunday, with more than 500 candidates vying for 128 seats.

With 3.6 million registered voters expected to vote in parliament elections Sunday, here are seven things to know about the system.

Lebanon's political heavyweights set for election success

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Lebanon's political heavyweights set for election success

As Lebanon heads to the polls on Sunday, its political mainstays are set to maintain their influence in parliament despite new electoral laws aimed to shake up the old system.

Building militaries in fragile states: Comparing US and Iran

Robert Springborg

Building militaries in fragile states: Comparing US and Iran

Comment: In comparison to Iran's remarkably successful record of building militaries and their associated states, the US has little to show, ...

Two princes in a hurry shake up the Gulf

Anne Gadel and Mourad el-Bouanani

Two princes in a hurry shake up the Gulf

Comment: In UAE and Saudi Arabia, two princes are driving a geopolitical shake up. But do they share a common strategy? ask Anne Gadel and ...

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East Libya officials 'meet to select Haftar successor'

Senior officials in the self-styled Libyan national army have been holding secret meetings to agree on a successor to their hospitalised leader Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

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Hundreds of refugees 'return' to Syria from Lebanon

Men, women and children loaded their possessions onto dozens of buses early on Wednesday for the journey back to Syria via the Masnaa border ...

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Qatar invites Lebanon's President Michel Aoun for state visit

A handwritten invitation was sent to the Lebanese President Aoun by the Qatari Emir in the hopes of bettering bilateral ties between ...

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Saudi Arabia invites Hariri to visit despite previous 'detention'

A Saudi delegation is visiting Lebanon discuss improvements in bilateral relations and deliver an invitation to Saad al-Hariri, who was thought ...

Lebanese president Michel <em>Aoun</em> makes historic visit to Iraq

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Lebanese president Michel Aoun makes historic visit to Iraq

Michel Aoun led a delegation to Iraq on the first visit by a Lebanese head of state to the war-scarred country for talks that included ...

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Tillerson blasts Hizballah, one day after softening his rhetoric

During his trip to Beirut, the US secretary of state said that Hizballah's foreign entanglements aren't in the interests of Lebanese people.

Tillerson: Hizballah is part of Lebanon's political process

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Tillerson: Hizballah is part of Lebanon's political process

Despite its designation as a 'terrorist group', Hizballah is part of Lebanon's political process, and the Trump administration must 'acknowledge ...

Tillerson praises military, encourages fair elections during Egypt visit

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Tillerson praises military, encourages fair elections during Egypt visit

The US envoy voiced his support for fair elections in Egypt, but made no mention of human rights or the political situation during his meeting ...

Lebanon defies Israel and agrees off-shore gas drilling contracts Lebanon defies Israel and agrees off-shore gas drilling contracts

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Lebanon defies Israel and agrees off-shore gas drilling contracts

Lebanon has agreed to a contract granting gas exploration rights to a drilling consortium, despite Israeli claims to the waters.

Lebanon military to block Israeli wall on its land Lebanon military to block Israeli wall on its land

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Lebanon military to block Israeli wall on its land

Israeli plans to build a wall on Lebanese land will not come to fruition, Beirut's defence council vowed Wednesday.

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Lebanon leaders call for unity following political, sectarian tensions

Officials from Lebanon's two main Shia parties visited a Christian village Friday, in a bid to end political tensions many feared could spiral into sectarian division.

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Lebanon to defy Israel anger over gas exploration drive

Lebanon has approved a bid for gas and oil exploration in waters off its coast, which is also claimed by neighbour and arch-rival Israel.

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Israel threatens Lebanon over Iran ties, offshore oil exploration

Israel's defence minister said that Lebanon had sacrificed its national interests by 'subjugating fully' to Iran amid an offshore gas field row.

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Leaked video 'insulting' Hizballah ally causes storm in Lebanon

Lebanon has been thrown into a fresh political crisis after a video emerged showing the foreign minister calling Lebanon’s powerful parliament ...

Lebanese comedian grilled over Saudi prince burger insult

Karim Traboulsi

Lebanese comedian grilled over Saudi prince burger insult

Sheikh shackles: A Lebanese comedian could face jail time for joking about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's alleged fast-food addiction, ...

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US: Lebanon must cut its banking ties to Hizballah

The Trump administration is taking measures to curb Hizballah financing sources.

Treasury official in Lebanon as US probes Hizballah

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Treasury official in Lebanon as US probes Hizballah

A senior US Treasury official met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun on a visit after Washington announced a probe into alleged ...

Lebanon approves Saudi ambassador after diplomatic tussle

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Lebanon approves Saudi ambassador after diplomatic tussle

Ambassador Walid al-Yaacoubi and his Lebanese counterpart in Saudi Arabia were caught in an apparent dispute over representation, with each ...

Stray dog poisoning video sparks outcry in Lebanon

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Stray dog poisoning video sparks outcry in Lebanon

Footage of a stray dogs apparently being poisoned by municipal staff has sparked a public outcry in Lebanon, with politicians rushing to post ...

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