First time voters hold their IDs in Beirut, Sunday, May 6, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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BEIRUT: Hanin Terjman was among the first outside her Beirut polling station Sunday: like many young Lebanese, she is voting for the first time and wants to see new faces in parliament.Clicking away on her smart phone, the chic 21-year-old student waited nervously for the school-turned-polling station in the Ras al-Nabah district to open for Lebanon's first parliamentary elections in nine years.Terjman, who became of age to vote just one month ago, is among 800,000 registered voters -- more than a fifth of the electorate -- who were too young to cast a ballot in previous polls.Terjman, who studies education at the Lebanese University, said she will vote for the civil society list Kulluna Beirut, despite being told by friends that veteran politicians would not be easily unseated.Beirut is split into two voting districts, with 19 seats up for grabs for candidates from Christian and Muslim sects.Many powerful politicians, including Hariri, are running in Beirut, where massive posters of the rival candidates are omnipresent.
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