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The leading Shiite cleric in Lebanon has issued an order that no bribes should be offered during the June parliamentary elections.
The religious edict was issued to lessen the practice of bribery, which is common in the corrupt political culture of Lebanon.
The Grand Ayatollah, Mohammad Hussain Fadlallah, in issuing his fatwa, said bribes which bought votes were a betrayal of the public.
The edict bans both the giving and taking of bribes.
The vote in Lebanon will be closely contested between the pro-Western parliament majority and a coalition led by Hezbollah, backed by Syria and Iran.