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Hariri Announces List of Candidates for Beirut Municipal Elections

Mustaqbal Movement chief MP Saad Hariri unveiled on Tuesday his list of candidates for the Beirut municipal elections that are scheduled for May 8.

He said during a ceremony: “This list brings together the people of Beirut and we will head to the polls on May 8 and elect it to restore unity to the city.”

The candidates are headed by engineer Jamal Itani and is backed by the Mustaqbal Movement.

Engineer Elie Andrea, an Orthodox, was nominated as deputy mayor. Ragheb Haddad and Matilda Khoury were nominated as council members.

Beirut's 24-seat municipal council is split equally between Muslims and Christians.

The four-stage municipal elections will start in Beirut and Bekaa-al-Hermel districts on May 8, while the elections in Mount Lebanon will be held on May 15.

Elections in south Lebanon and Nabatieh are set for May 22 and north Lebanon and Akkar for May 29.

Two lists have emerged lately in Beirut to contend that of Hariri's.

A new secular group named Members of Citizens of which former Labor Minister Charbel Nahas is a member and the Beirut Madinati coalition.

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