Tension as Beirut heads to the polls
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