Hezbollah's "thug" provokes chaos

The Lebanese people’s participation in the first hours of the parliamentary elections yesterday (Sunday) was a small percentage that did not exceed 1.5% in the morning, but the turnout began to rise in the afternoon. The elections, the first of their kind since the country’s economic collapse, are taking place, amid Arab and foreign interest and monitoring by the Arab League and the European Union.

The operations room of the Lebanese Ministry of Interior revealed that the voter turnout in all Lebanese territories amounted to 14.6%, while the elections witnessed hundreds of violations that were monitored by the Supervising Authority for the Lebanese Merit.

The most prominent violations were the statements of candidates during the electoral silence, which is supposed to continue until the closing of the polls, and the media statements of the various candidates from all parties seemed remarkable.

The Election Supervision Commission said in a statement that it was “studying reports on these violations to take immediate measures, including referring them to the competent judicial references.” She emphasized continuing to keep pace with the electoral process until the closing of the polls, calling on the media, candidates and political bodies to remain electorally silent.

If the Lebanese hope that the elections will enter them into a new political phase, the evidence indicates that there is no significant change in the political structure in the absence of effective forces. It is likely that the final results of the Lebanese elections will be announced tomorrow (Monday), after opening the doors to vote for more than 3.9 million eligible voters, more than half of whom are women.

The elections will result in 128 deputies representing the seats in the Lebanese parliament, amid the likelihood of Hezbollah and its allies, most notably the Free Patriotic Movement led by President Michel Aoun and the Amal Movement headed by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, after he was absent from the electoral scene, the Future Movement led by Saad Hariri, which decided to boycott the elections from the beginning. , What observers considered it a strategic mistake against a large sect. The results of the parliamentary elections outline the features of the next stage in Lebanon. Where new faces will appear in Parliament, and old ones may continue.

It is expected that a government that is an extension of Najib Mikati’s ministry or a new one of another kind, as well as a new president after October 31, will be formed, if President Michel Aoun is true to his pledge not to stay for one minute in Baabda Palace after this date.

Political crises and deteriorating economic conditions dominate the elections in Lebanon, amid Arab and international diplomatic interest in the options that will result from them.

It is noteworthy that the elections did not pass peacefully, as a few hours after the polling doors opened, Hezbollah operatives began committing acts of bullying, causing chaos.

Militia and Amal Movement members attacked delegates and supporters of the Lebanese Forces party, while they were in an election tent in the town of Kfarhouna in Jezzine in the south.

The videos showed the assaulted young men covered with blood, and in the documented clips of the chaos operations, cars bearing Hezbollah flags, and elements with batons in their hands to market their opponents, are seen, amid screaming and threats.

The National News Agency reported that a dispute occurred in front of the Hrawi Governmental Hospital in Zahle-Al-Maallaqa (Beqaa) between two party groups, which led to a number of injuries.

In the midst of this chaos, local Lebanese media reported that young men verbally abused President Michel Aoun while he was at the polling station, and they were arrested by the security forces.

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