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Sami Atallah and Zeina El-Helou

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Lebanon's New Electoral Law: Proportional in Form, Majoritarian at Heart

The Lebanese government and parliament finally approved an electoral law on 16 June 2017, “averting” a political and constitutional crisis. Political parties have congratulated themselves for this “achievement,” despite being four years late and creating a dangerous precedent by illegally extending the parliamentary mandate three times since 2013. While the long-awaited electoral law contains elements of a proportional representation (PR) system, its soul is majoritarian and ...

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Sami Atallah and Zeina El-Helou

 

Sami Atallah is the executice director of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS).

Zeina El-Helou is the secretary-general of the Lebanese Association Democratic Elections (LADE).