File - People wait to cast their vote during parliamentary elections in Haret Hreik, Sunday, June 7, 2009. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The national epic of mythical Rome – born out of internecine political struggle and fratricide – may well become a fitting allegory for post-election Lebanon.This tectonic shift is one of the by-products of the adoption of a proportional electoral system, whereby candidates from the same list end up competing with each other for a district's seat.The district of Akkar also sees two brothers from the Hadara family running for the Sunni seat, while in Baalbek-Hermel, Hussein Husseini and his brother Faisal are battling for the Shiite seat.Two other members of the same family are also running for election in the districts of Jbeil-Kesrouan and in Zahle. While competition within the party has always been a feature of elections, LADE's analyst argued that competing for who wins a seat, and therefore will represent that party in Parliament, is a different and thornier matter than who leads the party.In order to limit the internal strife, Abboud predicted that some districts might go as far as putting forward incomplete lists – meaning fewer candidates than the number of seats – limiting who voters can pick with their preferential vote so it isn't watered down for big names.
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