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Lebanon's Sect Addiction

[Lebanon's former electoral districts. Photo courtesy of MESH.]

Lebanese MPs outraged secularists and campaigners opposed to sectarian politics this past week by provisionally approving a voting law that would make it so citizens could only vote for candidates of their own sect. The so-called Orthodox Gathering draft law still needs to pass a parliamentary vote—but activists and youth groups have already decried it as a step back from representative democracy and a lurch towards confessional – some claimed racist – ...

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Patrick Galey is a freelance writer who has reported from the Middle East since 2009. His work has featured in Foreign Policy, The Telegraph, The Guardian, New Statesman, and OpenDemocracy. He is on Twitter @patrickgaley.