Voting begins in Lebanon’s parliamentary elections

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© Reuters. Election workers wait to enter a polling station before the opening of parliamentary elections in Beirut, Lebanon, May 15, 2022.REUTERS/Mohammad Azakir

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Opinion polls opened on Sunday in Lebanon’s first parliamentary election since the country’s economic collapse.

Voting will begin at 7am (0400GMT) in 15 constituencies, with candidates vying for 128 seats to be allocated to 11 religious groups under a sectarian power-sharing system.

Hezbollah, the heavily armed, Iran-backed Shiite movement and its allies, won 71 of 128 seats in the last vote in 2018.

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