Ten­sion as Beirut heads to the polls

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Le­banese voted yes­ter­day in mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in Beirut and the Bekaa Val­ley amid tight se­cu­rity and a low turnout in the cap­i­tal, which has re­cently seen the largest antigov­ern­ment protests in years fol­low­ing a months-long trash cri­sis. Au­thor­i­ties took strict mea­sures to guar­an­tee that the vote passed without trou­ble. Le­banon was hit by a wave of bomb­ings in re­cent years that killed scores of peo­ple and neigh­bour­ing Syria’s civil war has spilled over in the past. Yes­ter­day’s vote is the first to be held in the coun­try since 2010. The gov­ern­ment has post­poned par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, cit­ing se­cu­rity con­cerns linked to the con­flict in Syria. There are 1.8 mil­lion vot­ers reg­is­tered for this round of vot­ing. Three other rounds will take place in the com­ing weeks in other parts of the coun­try.

ON GUARD: Se­cu­rity was tight

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