Four Electoral Lists Compete in Hizbullah Stronghold of Baalbek-Hermelإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
In Hizbullah's stronghold of Baalbek-Hermel district, a new electoral list called the National Cedar list was officially registered at the Interior Ministry on Friday to compete against Hizbullah-AMAL alliance in the upcoming elections.
The National News Agency said the list of ten candidates was submitted to the ministry Friday to win ten seats distributed as follows: 6 Shiite seats, 2 Sunni seats, 1 Catholic, 1 Maronite.
The National Cedar list is comprised of Khaldoun Sherif, Abbas Assaf, Mohammed Ghassan al-Shall, Mohammed Khalil Raad, Fouad al-Mawla, Hamad Dib, Adel Bayan, Waed Sukkarieh, Leila Tannouri and Saadallah Arud.
Last week, Hizbullah and Amal Movement have formed a list they called Hope and Loyalty.
Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has repeatedly called for a massive participation in Baalbek-Hermel, saying “I will personally roam its villages, cities and neighborhoods to make sure the list succeeds, even if that puts me at risk.”
He described lists of competitors as “allies of extremist groups of al-Nusra and the Islamic State group.”
The Lebanese Forces and al-Mustaqbal Movement have formed their own list called “Dignity and Loyalty” to confront the Shiite duo of Hizbullah and AMAL.
The LF-Mustaqbal list is comprised of: Yehya Shams, Khodr Tleis, Refaat al-Masri, Mohammed Suleiman, Ghaleb Yaghi, Mohammed Hamieh for the Shiite seats, Salim Kallas for the Catholic seat, Bakr al-Hujeiri (Mustaqbal) and Hussien Solh (Mustaqbal) for the Sunni seats, Antoine Habshi (LF) for the Maronite Seat.
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea announced Thursday that the Baalbek-Hermel electoral district will witness a “historic coup” in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Two other electoral lists were formed. One led by ex-Speaker Hussein al-Huseini called the Civil Resistance, and another one led by ex-minister Fayez Shokr.
The deadline for registering lists expires on March 26.
The parliamentary elections will be held under a complex proportional representation system on May 6.