Elections billboards in Jounieh, Friday, April 13, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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There is a general consensus that the outcome of Kesrouan-Jbeil elections is already determined. The Free Patriotic Movement, which secured a sweeping victory in the 2009 parliamentary elections, will not be able to do the same in this round. But it is almost certain that it will succeed in getting four out of the eight seats designated to this district while the other three strong electoral lists split the remaining seats.Gen. Shamel Roukoz, especially since it pits old-time political rivals, who, despite running on the same list, do not seem to have resolved their differences.Securing the maximum number of seats will be no easy task for the FPM's list. Five lists are competing in this Mount Lebanon district for eight seats. The electoral district of Kesrouan is allocated five Maronite seats while Jbeil has two Maronite seats and one Shiite seat.Qabalan spoke of the party's hopes to even win a Maronite seat in Jbeil with Qordahi.
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