On May 6, Lebanese voters will elect an incoming parliament for the first time since 2009, and five years after the outgoing parliament’s original mandate expired. Not only will the elections show whether Hezbollah and its allies can increase their representation in parliament at a crucial time for the party domestically and regionally, but indicate whether the new electoral law will enable smaller parties and independents to reap tangible benefits. Will it be politics as usual, or will Lebanon’s changing political and security landscape affect the outcome?

Three experts examine these issues and offer their insights on the electoral process.

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