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Lebanon: 9 Competing Lists in Beirut 2 Threaten Hariri’s Ticket

Lebanon: 9 Competing Lists in Beirut 2 Threaten Hariri’s Ticket

Saturday, 31 March, 2018 - 07:00
Saudi Chargé d'Affaires in Lebanon Walid al-Bukhari and United Arab Emirates Ambassador Hamad Chamessi in Baalbek on Friday/NNA
Beirut - Youssef Diab

The Mustaqbal Movement is facing a tough battle in the second electoral district of Beirut, where the dispersion of Sunni votes could threaten its candidates who are facing eight other lists competing in the May 6 parliamentary elections.


The results of the polls in this district are expected to reveal whether Beirut is loyal to the choices of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is heading the list.


They will also show the Prime Minister’s ability to limit the options of his rivals, who rushed to form several lists with hopes to strike his chances to win the race.


Those contenders are raising slogans accusing Hariri of “offering additional political concessions that serve the Hezbollah project and the axis of resistance.”


Despite tilting the balance in favor of Hariri’s list, which is expected to win more than half of the seats, the leadership of the Mustaqbal Movement spoke about the presence of a rival list, supported by the Shi’ite duo, Hezbollah and Amal, which could win two or three seats in the second district of Beirut.


Sources from the Movement said that the other competing lists aim to weaken the popularity of Hariri and show that Sunnis have become less supportive to the Premier.


Separately, Saudi Chargé d'Affaires to Lebanon Walid al-Bukhari and United Arab Emirates Ambassador Hamad Chamessi attended Friday prayers at the Great Umayyad Mosque of Baalbek, following an invitation from Mufti of Baalbek-Hermel Sheikh Khaled Solh.


In his religious sermon, Sheikh Solh stressed "the importance of honesty and staying away from lies and rumors."


He condemned the "missiles targeting the land of the two Holy Mosques" and praised "the efforts of the Kingdom of Good and the State of UAE."


After prayers, both diplomats met with Sheikh Solh in the presence of a number of Muslim clerics and Future Movement's electoral candidate in Baalbek-Hermel district, Hussein Solh, Lebanon’s National News Agency said.


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