Sunday, June 7, 2009

Election Week in the Middle East

Two significant elections are scheduled in the Middle East this coming week starting with today's parliamentary vote in Lebanon.

The international community is closely watching the already well established proxy war as Lebanon votes to determine whether Hizbollah (Syria, Iran) can win (potentially slim) majority control of the government from the 14 March Alliance (United States, EU). But its not exactly that simple. Here is more on the complex Lebanese political system.

Later this week, on June 12, Iran will hold a hotly contested presidential election. Iran's current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces legitimate opposition from several candidates. Iran's suffering economy and President Ahmadinejad's polarizing rhetoric, which many feel has isolated Iran on the global stage, are certain to be factors when Persia goes to the polls.