Lebanon to vote in first election since economic collapse

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Lebanese vote on Sunday in the first election since their country’s economic collapse, a test of whether Iran-backed Hezbollah and its allies can preserve their parliamentary majority amidst soaring poverty and anger at ruling parties. Expectations are however low for a big shake-up of Lebanon’s sectarian politics and government, despite the severity of a crisis which the World Bank says was orchestrated by the ruling class, and fury over the devastating Beirut port blast of 2020. The meltdown marks Lebanon’s most destabilising crisis since the 1975-90 civil war. It has seen the currency sink …

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