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    "Top blog/Renato Obeid's World/Today's pick: This rambling weblog is worth reading not so much for its satirical posts but more for its insight into the minutiae of life in Lebanon, including the etiquette of road accidents and how to hire a taxi.” -Jane Perrone, The Guardian

    Monday, May 10, 2004  
    The second round in Lebanon's "municipal" elections took place today.
    For some reason, Lebanon, with a population of some three million, staggers its elections over four weeks (four Sundays) a la India, with a population of some one billion.
    Lebanese "municipal" elections are the most "unmunicipal" elections I know of.
    National politicians and parties seem to attach more importance to and expend more effort, money and time on them (when they're held every six years) then they do for the actual parliamentary elections (every four years).
    The opposite of the "all politics is local" maxim, in Lebanon "all politics are national, regional and international".
    In today's Beirut round, the slogan of one such national politician's ticket was "vote, vote, vote".
    In Lebanon, as in almost any country in the world, some voters are so democratic and so keen on democracy that they just cant help themselves expressing this and celebrating democracy over and over by voting more than once but isn’t it a bit blatant when your slogan reflects and implies this (unintentionally I presume)?
    Whatever happened to "one man, one vote?"
    Whatever happened to "one man, one vote?"
    Whatever happened to "one man, one vote?"
    As with all elections everywhere, not all candidates win but in Lebanon, no candidate loses – there's always a conspiracy theory propagated by candidates who didn’t make it and their supporters.

    10:02 am

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