Billboards showing candidate Sami Gemayel in Metn, Friday, April 13, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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MP Ibrahim Kanaan is fighting for re-election both in the public sphere and the courts, part of an increasingly heated race in Metn.Kanaan said the allegations were "blatantly false".The FPM and Kataeb lists are thought to be the top contenders for the district's eight seats. The Lebanese Forces, "Kilna Watani" (All for the Nation) and a list headed by Michel Murr are also running.A good showing in Metn – the home of Kataeb leader Sami Gemayel – is imperative for the party.The two parties are close allies and the FPM list includes Tashnag MP Hagop Pakradounian. The list also includes a candidate from the Syrian Social Nationalist Party and several FPM-allied independents.It's possible that Murr and the LF could also fail to qualify, the source said, leaving all eight seats to the FPM and Kataeb.Abillama said his list would get one or two seats.In that vote, held in 2009 under a first-past-the-post system, only Gemayel and Murr broke through the FPM line.
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