Now that I had time to process the enormous quantity of Lebanese food you helped me pick, here are some observations about the ongoing Lebanese elections.
1/ Low level of enthusiasm is glaringly obvious, and will be reflected in low turnout. The 2005 and 2009 elections opposed clear camps and were defined by issues presented as vital. This election is occurring at a time of political confusion and fatigue.
2/ The electoral law has contributed to this apathy. People don’t understand it or like it, it incentivized the weirdest and most incoherent electoral alliances. Yes it has opened the field to new faces (independents and women are at last vying) but it is not transformational.