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Lebanon president criticizes electoral law after low turnout

[JURIST] Lebanese President Emile Lahoud [official profile] criticized Lebanon's current electoral law Monday, saying that voter turnout of less than 27% in the first stage of parliamentary elections over the weekend was a clear demonstration of the Lebanese people were unhappy with existing electoral system. The present law allows local and national political figures to form alliances ahead of elections, often severely limiting the choices available to voters. Sunday's election results are still being counted, but the anti-Syrian alliance has reportedly made major gains in a poll that has garnered international praise for its extremely low number of violent incidents. Lahoud expressed hope that, free from Syrian influence, Lebanon had chosen to resolve its political differences peaceably. Aljazeera has local coverage. BBC News has more.

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