Friday, June 5, 2009

Battle for the votes in Lebanon

Billboards have become battlegrounds across Lebanon, but the highway north of Beirut bristles with them. This is the start of the Christian heartlands of Metn, then Kesrouan, two of the few districts where heated competition is expected in the general elections on 7 June.

At the Dora junction, the image of a woman in designer sunglasses and orange lipstick, pouting Je vote orange, is ubiquitous. Orange is the colour of popular Christian leader Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement, which has arguably led the billboard war in appealing to its largely middle class, youthful support-base. MORE HERE

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