Lebanon: Hezbollah Deputy Sec-Gen. Qassem casts vote in first election since 2009

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem casted his ballot in the Zuqaq al-Blat district of Beirut on Sunday, as the country holds a parliamentary election for the first time since 2009. Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General casted his vote in Beirut's Second Electoral District, and the press was present to capture the exact moment. After casting his vote, Qassem wished success to... Еще the voting process and said that the «higher the voter turnout, the more people will have the intention to come from those who wish to represent them in the House of Representatives.» Some 583 candidates are competing across 15 districts for 128 seats in Lebanon's parliament. The vote is being held under a new law, which has introduced a system of proportional representation. The public cast two votes; one for a list of candidates and one for a single candidate. The election is considered to be a test for the Western and Saudi-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who contends with the political wing of Hezbollah. The voting is scheduled to last until 19:00 local time [16:00 GMT].

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