First parliamentary poll in nine years viewed as unlikely to shake up country’s political order

Low turnout marred Lebanon’s first parliamentary poll in nine years, with voters seemingly unconvinced that a new ballot – and system of voting – could shake up a political order that has remained beholden to regional interests since the end of the civil war.

The election had been hailed as potentially a breakthrough moment for a country central to power struggles between Iran and Saudi Arabia and rattled by decades of domestic turbulence. However, by the close of polls on Sunday, less than half of registered voters (47%) had cast ballots, 5% less than the last poll in 2009 – and far below projections.

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