Monday, 23 May 2016

Hezbollah, Amal Lists Sweep Municipal Elections in Lebanon’s South

Lists backed by Hezbollah and the Amal movement swept the elections across the governorates of South and Nabatiyeh on Sunday.
Despite that many municipal councils and mukhtars have been elected by acclamation, high turnout was recorded on Sunday vote.
Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq announced that voter turnout was about 50 percent in the two governorates.Lebanon municipal elections Hezbollah
In a press conference late on Sunday he said that the turnout was 44% in Sidon city, 57.5% in Sidon’s villages, 53% in Jezzine, 42.5% in Bint Jbeil, 47% in Tyre, 43.2% in Marjeyoun, 47% in Hasbaya and 49% in Nabatiyeh.
The joint lists formed by Hezbollah and Amal, dubbed “Development and Loyalty Lists”, win municipal elections in dozens of towns across the South and Nabatiyeh governorates.
In Sidon district, the joint lists won municipal elections in at least eight towns, where as elections went uncontested in eleven other towns.
In Tyre district, Development and Loyalty Lists won municipal elections in at least 25 towns where as municipal councils were elected by acclamation in at least 15 other towns.
In Bint Jbeil, the joint lists won seats in the municipal councils of 18 towns, after 8 municipalities won uncontested.
In Nabatiyeh, Development and Loyalty Lists won municipal elections in 17 towns and three municipalities in three towns were elected by acclamation.
Meanwhile in Marjeyoun district, the joint lists of Hezbollah and Amal won elections in 6 towns, after municipalities in 7 other towns won uncontested.
In Jezzine, Development and Loyalty Lists won municipal seats of at least three towns, after local councils were elected by acclamation in at least 7 towns.
Source: Al Manar TV
23-05-2016 – 11:25 Last updated 23-05-2016 – 11:27
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Free Patriotic Movement candidate, Amal Abou Zeid, won in by-elections to fill the vacant parliamentary post of the late MP Michel Helou.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement that  Abou Zeid won roughly 6489 ballots more than Ibrahim Azar, son of former MP Samir Azar.
Abou Zeid, who is also backed by the Lebanese Forces, the Kataeb Party and Hezbollah in the parliamentary by-elections, managed to garner 14,653 votes, compared to more the 7,759 votes for Azar.
He won by a wide margin against two other candidates challenging him.
Abou Zeid was the main candidate who competes with six others, including Michel Elias al-Helou, Jad Rizk, Patrick Rizkallah, Ibrahim Azar, Kamil Serhal, and Salah Jebran.
Earlier in the day, Interior ministry Nuhad Mashnouk said that 58349 eligible voters were to elect in Jezzine by-elections.
Head of FPM MP Michel Aoun had urged the people of Jezzine to participate in the by-election and vote in favor of Abou Zeid.
It is worth mentioning that MP Helou died on June 27, 2014.
Source: Agencies
22-05-2016 – 12:16 Last updated 23-05-2016 – 12:18
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