The real winners of the presidential elections in Lebanon

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Source: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2016/Sep-28/374147-berri-adjourns-parliament-session-to-oct-31-for-president-vote.ashx

By Nour Honein

As you may know, for almost two and a half years, Lebanon has been without a president. Finally, on the 31st of October 2016, Michel Aoun, Christian leader and founder of the Free Patriotic Movement, has been elected as the new president of Lebanon. But who are the real winners of this election?

First of all, it may be obvious to state, but the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) was a clear winner of this election, as their main leader and founder made his way to the top of that famous presidency chair. Celebrations were taking place all over the country, as members and supporters of that political party rejoiced when hearing the news. A life long goal of theirs had been accomplished and they couldn’t be happier.

 It’s safe to say, however, that this victory wasn’t only theirs. Hezbollah, a Shi’a Islamist militant group and a political party, could very well be considered as another winner of this election. Indeed, one of their “March 8” allies became the new president of the country. One can only assume that when one of their allies wins the presidential election, not only will his voice be heard but theirs too.

 Another voice that will be heard through Michel Aoun’s victory is the one of Iran, a longtime backer of the fledgling president and his Shiite allies. Also a supporter of these joined forces is Bashar al-Assad, current president of Syria.

 Thus, the FPM victory was shared with many others who were more than content with that win.

 However, it wasn’t the case for many supporters of their opposition, the Lebanese Forces (LF), another major Christian political party in Lebanon. Even though this election was a result of an agreement between the two parties, not all supporters were on board. Some were suspicious about the agreement, the reason behind it and its consequences, although others decided to believe in their leader Samir Geagea without questioning his decisions. Therefore, the latter groups were rather satisfied with the elections result since they saw it as part of their leader’s vision.

 The same would apply to supporters of the Future Movement, a “March 14” ally of the LF, who was also part of the agreement that led to this election.

Whether you support Michel Aoun as the new president of Lebanon or not, the only thing you can hope for is that whatever consequences this may have on the country, the people won’t have to suffer anymore. From garbage crisis that polluted and is still polluting their air to terrorism risks from neighbouring countries, a lot remains to be done.

 

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