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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Monday, June 13, 2005

Aoun defeats Jumbalat and now things are complicated

In what was probably the most exciting round in the Lebanese parliamentary elections, Aoun, with his pro-syrian coalition, defeated the anti-syrian opposition in Mount Lebanon, this making him the main christian Leader in Lebanon. How many seats he has won remains unclear, but this defeat may definitely put a dent in the anti-syrian opposition Plan to get rid of all the remaining Pro-syrian influences in the country, the top of which is Lebanon's Pro-Syria Puppet President Emile Lahoud. The next few weeks should be really interesting!


At 6/13/2005 05:52:00 AM, Blogger Stacey said...

This is a little silly. There were "loyalists" on the Hariri "opposition" list, and there are "opposition" folks (former Qornet Shehwan, even) on the Aounist list, along with the old Syrian allies.

I agree that it's complex, and more so now after Aoun's partial victory. But the opposition/loyalist dichotomy is rapidly being replaced by the reformist/traditionalist dichotomy, according to which Aoun's list (almost) made sense.

At 6/13/2005 05:55:00 AM, Blogger BP said...

SM it seems you need to look deeply into yesterday's Aoun win. The Christians of the Mountain decided that they are through with being leaderless and isolated. The druze have jumblatt, the sunnis have hariri, and the shias have amal/hezbollah. The Christians chose their own leader yesterday who doesn't need the blessings of the big guys (jumblatt/hariri). Besides, who said that yesterday's win will undermine the new parliament's ability to get rid of syrian influence. The guy aoun was anti-syria for over 15 years while jumblatt and hariri were kissing some Assad ass. Are you saying that because the pro-syria figures who joined Aoun for sole elections purposes?? Well, buddy, what about Amal/Hezbollah who joined Hariri/Jumblatt?? Are those guys anti-syria??!!

At 6/13/2005 05:56:00 AM, Blogger BP said...

Thumbs up for stacey.


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