The bus of Libaladi political group is seen in Beirut, Lebanon April 12, 2018. Picture taken April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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An unlikely bunch of activists have joined forces for Lebanon's general election in a rare challenge to the sectarian political dynasties and warlords they say left the country in ruins.Lebanese elections have never seen this many independent candidates, with dozens from outside the parties that dominate the country.Doumit is part of the wide coalition of 66 candidates in nine electoral districts. Smaller blocs are also vowing to fight the establishment across the 15 total districts.Nadim's father, Bachir Gemayel, was assassinated in Beirut before taking office after being elected president during Israel's 1982 invasion.Gemayel, who is expected to keep the votes of big families with old Kataeb ties, has also tried to target young voters.Outside Beirut, this election will see other establishment families pass on the baton.Mohanad Hage Ali of the Carnegie Middle East Center said the protest movements after 2015 had failed to produce real political powers that can challenge the old order.In the Beirut district where Doumit and Gemayel face off, all is not lost for independents, partly because its relatively well-off electorate can afford to reject the establishment.
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