Hussain Abdul-Hussain, Special to NOW , June 25, 2009
Nabih Berri has just been reelected speaker of the Lebanese parliament, the parliamentary minority will eventually maintain its blocking third in cabinet, while representatives of March 8, namely the Tashnaq, Marada, Baath, Democratic Lebanese and Syrian Social Nationalist parties will join the regular national dialogue sessions at the presidential palace in Baabda.
So who exactly won the June 7 elections?
The March 14 coalition should have known that they were doomed, even if numerically they carried the day. Before the elections, Hezbollah media had boasted that a victorious March 14 would have to look over its collective shoulders after the murderous events of May 7 2008, when Hezbollah, Amal and the SSNP took to the streets of Beirut, killing both March 14 supporters and innocent bystanders. It was a day that Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah went as far as labeling “glorious” during the election campaign. That was not the only veiled threat March 8 had up its sleeve. Nasrallah also said that, should his coalition win, it could govern a country one hundred times the size of Lebanon. Did Hezbollah and its allies plan to run Lebanon differently?
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