Lebanon to Hold Elections on March 27 as Iran, Hezbollah Seek to Gain More Power

The photo shows Lebanon’s parliament building. (Photo courtesy of Heretiq, CC BY-SA 2.5 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5>, via Wikimedia Commons)

Lebanon prepares to hold parliamentary elections on March 27. The announcement comes as much of the country deals with rolling blackouts. Anger over the economic collapse led to protestors damaging the state electric company’s equipment.

The World Bank has called Lebanon’s financial crisis one of the worst in modern history. The government has struggled to put together any kind of recovery plan. The currency lost 90 percent of its value, and ¾ of the population now lives in poverty.

Hezbollah

Big picture? Nuna with Triumphant Mercy Lebanon says Hezbollah hopes to benefit from the crisis, gaining power in the election. “I think this is all a game that Hezbollah playing so that the government would be completely corrupt, completely collapsing. Then they will take over. I think that’s the game. They’re playing with the currency so that we reach that point.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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