The complex political crisis in Lebanon deepened yesterday when a Christian opposition candidate defeated a pro-government former president in a special parliamentary election—one of two held to fill seats of anti-Syrian politicians assassinated last year.
Ex-president Amin Gemayel, a key player in the US backed majority coalition, was running for the seat left vacant by the murder of his son
Gemayel lost by just 418 votes of 79,000 cast. The winner, Michel Aoun, leads an opposition that includes pro-Syrian Hezbollah. Aoun is expected to run for president in upcoming elections. In the other parliamentary election yesterday, a pro-government candidate for a Sunni Muslim seat in a Beirut district coasted to victory.