Lebanon went to the polls on Sunday for the first time since repeated crises pushed it to the edge of statehood, with the ruling class expected to easily survive popular outrage.

The parliamentary election will be the first litmus test for opposition movements generated by a historic anti-establishment upheaval in Lebanon in 2019, which briefly fueled expectations of regime change.

Nonetheless, commentators have advised against expecting a seismic shift, with established sectarian groups holding every lever of power and an election system stacked in their favour.

After a lacklustre campaign hampered by the country’s all-consuming economic crisis, 3.9 million Lebanese will be eligible to vote when polls open at 7:00 a.m. (0400 GMT).

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