By Vijaya Cherian
Al Arabiya news channel maintained a strong presence in Lebanon with over 40 personnel as the country completed its second round of parliamentary elections.
Al Arabiya news channel maintained a strong presence in Lebanon as the country completed its second round of parliamentary elections. 40 personnel from the 24-hour Arabic channel including correspondents, directors, cameramen, sound technicians, programme editors and producers went to Lebanon to cover the event and support the channel’s staff in Beirut.
In the Beirut polls of May 29, opposition candidates took most of the capital’s 19 parliamentary seats. However, the next vote in the Lebanese south is different given the strong political and moral support for the Hezbollah-AMAL alliance, which was confirmed by the alliance’s sweep of all 23 seats in the south. It is highly likely the outcome of the poll will be interpreted as a vote against the American- and French-sponsored UN Security Council resolution 1559 calling upon Hezbollah to disarm. “The results of this round of elections are probably being followed closely by regional and international observers just as they followed events in the first round in the capital,” says Nakhle Al Haj, Director of News and Current Affairs in Al Arabiya. “Suffice it to say, there is a high degree of responsibility that comes with covering such a politically sensitive event.”