The only thing I don’t understand is why a country that manages to do so well cannot do better in choosing its president. – Gabriel García Márquez

A man reacts while clenching onto the coffin of Hezbollah fighter Jalal al-Effie, who was killed during clashes in Syria's Aleppo. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)

A man reacts while clenching onto the coffin of Hezbollah fighter Jalal al-Effie, who was killed during clashes in Syria’s Aleppo. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)

Hezbollah members and supporters carry the coffin of Hezbollah fighter under Iranian flag during his funeral in the southern suburb of Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Hezbollah members and supporters carry the coffin of Hezbollah fighter under Iranian flag during his funeral in the southern suburb of Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

A model presents a creation by Lebanese designer Ingie Chalhoub from the Spring / Summer 2016/2017 Haute Couture collection during the opening of the 'La Mode a Beyrouth' fashion week in Beirut. (EPA / WAEL HAMZEH)

A model presents a creation by Lebanese designer Ingie Chalhoub from the Spring / Summer 2016/2017 Haute Couture collection during the opening of the ‘La Mode a Beyrouth’ fashion week in Beirut. (EPA / WAEL HAMZEH)

Supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) carry flags and a picture of Michel Aoun (R) and Gebran Bassil, during a rally near the presidential palace in Baabda. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) carry flags and a picture of Michel Aoun (R) and Gebran Bassil, during a rally near the presidential palace in Baabda. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Women carry pictures of dead Hezbollah members as they march during a religious Ashura in Nabatiyeh. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

Women carry pictures of dead Hezbollah members as they march during a religious Ashura in Nabatiyeh. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

A woman holds a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a demonstration to commemorate Ashura in Sanaa, Yemen. (Khaled Abdullah / REUTERS)

A woman holds a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a demonstration to commemorate Ashura in Sanaa, Yemen. (Khaled Abdullah / REUTERS)

Libya's Hussein Dakik (L) vies for the ball with Iraq's Humam Tareq Faraj during the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup semi-final second leg football match between al-Ahed FC vs Air Force Club at Beirut stadium. (STRINGER / AFP)

Libya’s Hussein Dakik (L) vies for the ball with Iraq’s Humam Tareq Faraj during the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup semi-final second leg football match between al-Ahed FC vs Air Force Club at Beirut stadium. (STRINGER / AFP)

Dog owners and their pets walk around during an event to celebrate "World Animal Day", in downtown Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Dog owners and their pets walk around during an event to celebrate “World Animal Day”, in downtown Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

 

A Lebanese woman plays with prayer beads as she waits in a traffic jam between Beirut and Jounieh. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

A Lebanese woman plays with prayer beads as she waits in a traffic jam between Beirut and Jounieh. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Models display creations by Lebanese fashion designer Fouad Sarkis during 'La Mode A Beyrouth' fashion week, in Beirut. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Models display creations by Lebanese fashion designer Fouad Sarkis during ‘La Mode A Beyrouth’ fashion week, in Beirut. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

elderly couple sitting on a bench in Downtown Beirut. (Hussein Baydoun)

Elderly couple sitting on a bench in Downtown Beirut. (Hussein Baydoun)

A full moon over the statue of martyrs in downtown Beirut. (Instagram / Hassan Ammar)

A full moon over the statue of martyrs in downtown Beirut. (Instagram / Hassan Ammar)

The “Muslim Scholars Committee” protested the detention of former Mufti Sheikh Bassam al-Tarras in Downtown Beirut. (Ratib Al Safadi)

The “Muslim Scholars Committee” protested the detention of former Mufti Sheikh Bassam al-Tarras in Downtown Beirut. (Ratib Al Safadi)

Darius Adams (2nd R) of China Xinjiang Kashgar goes up for the basket during the final against Al Riyadi of Lebanon at the 25th FIBA Asia Champions Cup in China. (Xinhua/Li Ga)

Darius Adams (2nd R) of China Xinjiang Kashgar goes up for the basket during the final against Al Riyadi of Lebanon at the 25th FIBA Asia Champions Cup in China. (Xinhua/Li Ga)

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