Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used. – Paul Collier

A member of “Clown Me In”, pokes fun at Lebanon's first national elections in nine years, outside a ballot station in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)

A member of “Clown Me In”, pokes fun at Lebanon’s first national elections in nine years, outside a ballot station in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)

President Michel Aoun monitoring the elections from Baabda Palace, in Lebanon. (Dalati Nohra)

President Michel Aoun monitoring the elections from Baabda Palace, in Lebanon. (Dalati Nohra)

The American University of Beirut enters the Guinness book for World Record, after building the largest notebook mosaic-flag, consisting of around 60,000 notebooks. (AUB)

The American University of Beirut enters the Guinness book for World Record, after building the largest notebook mosaic-flag, consisting of around 60,000 notebooks. (AUB)

The water in Nahr el-Kalb River turned green, while officials still unaware of the origin of this coloration. (Antoine Ajoury / L’orient le jour)

The water in Nahr el-Kalb River turned green, while officials still unaware of the origin of this coloration. (Antoine Ajoury / L’orient le jour)

A Eurasian hoopoe bird at a field in the village of Kfifane, north of Beirut, it became rare to be seen in Lebanon due to uncontrolled and excessive bird hunting. (Joseph Eid / AFP)

A Eurasian hoopoe bird at a field in the village of Kfifane, north of Beirut, it became rare to be seen in Lebanon due to uncontrolled and excessive bird hunting. (Joseph Eid / AFP)

A poster of Chamel Roukoz, a candidate for the upcoming Lebanese parliamentary elections, hangs along the highway in Maameltein, north of Beirut, Lebanon. (Joseph Eid / AFP)

A poster of Chamel Roukoz, a candidate for the upcoming Lebanese parliamentary elections, hangs along the highway in Maameltein, north of Beirut, Lebanon. (Joseph Eid / AFP)

Government election officials carry a ballot box which will be located in polling stations ahead of the country's parliamentary election, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Government election officials carry a ballot box which will be located in polling stations ahead of the country’s parliamentary election, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Former FC Barcelona's French defender Lilian Thuram playing with children of the Lebanon Barca Foundation project to promote Syrian refugees and Lebanese children integration, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Alex Caparros / Barca Foundation)

Former FC Barcelona’s French defender Lilian Thuram playing with children of the Lebanon Barca Foundation project to promote Syrian refugees and Lebanese children integration, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Alex Caparros / Barca Foundation)

Soldiers of the Aragonese Brigade stand during a ceremony before their departure and deployment in Lebanon, at San Jorge's military base, in Zaragoza, Spain. (Javier Cebollada / EPA)

Soldiers of the Aragonese Brigade stand during a ceremony before their departure and deployment in Lebanon, at San Jorge’s military base, in Zaragoza, Spain. (Javier Cebollada / EPA)

An elderly man looks at voter's registry at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Beirut, Lebanon. @LebISF (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

An elderly man looks at voter’s registry at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Beirut, Lebanon. @LebISF (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

A man gestures after casting his vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Beirut, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

A man gestures after casting his vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Beirut, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Parliamentary elections lists are seen in the foreground during voting in Lebanon's first legislative election in nine years at a polling station in Zahle. (Haitham MOUSSAWI / AFP)

Parliamentary elections lists are seen in the foreground during voting in Lebanon’s first legislative election in nine years at a polling station in Zahle. (Haitham MOUSSAWI / AFP)

A man puts his finger in ink after casting his vote at a ballot station in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

A man puts his finger in ink after casting his vote at a ballot station in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

A woman holds her baby as she waits her turn to vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

A woman holds her baby as she waits her turn to vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Officials count votes in Beirut after polling stations closed for Lebanon's first parliamentary elections in nine years. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

Officials count votes in Beirut after polling stations closed for Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections in nine years. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

Free Patriotic Movement supporters celebrate the party's results in the parliamentary elections, in Batroun, Lebanon. (Ibrahim Chalhoub / AFP)

Free Patriotic Movement supporters celebrate the party’s results in the parliamentary elections, in Batroun, Lebanon. (Ibrahim Chalhoub / AFP)

Supporters of Hezbollah and Amal ride on motorbikes as they hold Hezbollah and Amal flags in Marjayoun, Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)

Supporters of Hezbollah and Amal ride on motorbikes as they hold Hezbollah and Amal flags in Marjayoun, Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)

Joumana Haddad who was running for a parliamentary seat in Beirut during a protest accusing the Interior Minister Nouhad Al-Mashnouq of falsifying the ballot box counting process, in in front the interior ministry in Beirut, Lebanon. (Marwan Tahtah / Al-Akhbar)

Joumana Haddad who was running for a parliamentary seat in Beirut during a protest accusing the Interior Minister Nouhad Al-Mashnouq of falsifying the ballot box counting process, in in front the interior ministry in Beirut, Lebanon. (Marwan Tahtah / Al-Akhbar)

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