Unprecedented electoral success for a new left alliance in the Lebanese capital has shaken up politics
The elections in May for control over Beirut proved to be a major breakthrough for the popular discontent that has been simmering in Lebanon since the advent of the Arab Spring.
Local elections are traditionally dominated by sectarian parties that reflect the religious makeup of the capital’s many neighbourhoods.
Laws dictate that inhabitants who moved to the capital over the past 40 years can only register to vote in their home villages. As such the electoral base does not reflect the city’s population today.