Elections and Resolutions; Lebanon and Syria

Across the Bay examines H.Res. 548, sponsored by Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) which received unanimous support from the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday. The bill expresses “the ongoing concern of the House of Representatives for Lebanon’s democratic institutions and unwavering support for the administration of justice upon those responsible for the assassination of Lebanese public figures opposing Syrian control of Lebanon.”

Upcoming by-elections in the Metn District of Lebanon are being viewed as “part of a broader political conflict between Lebanon’s governing coalition and the opposition, including Syria-allied Hezbollah.” The Daily Star discusses the political prospects of the election in detail.