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When results for the parliamentary elections were finally revealed Monday evening, voters who had invested their hopes in independent civil society candidates were met with bitter news. Kilna Watani (All for the Nation), the nationwide alliance of independents, only saw success in Beirut I. Late Monday evening, electoral machines across the board pinned television personality Paula Yacoubian from the Sabaa Party and journalist Joumana Haddad from LiBaladi as two of Beirut I's new MPs.Haddad's success was thwarted the next morning when the count put Free Patriotic Movement candidate Antoine Pano as the ultimate winner of the district's Christian-minority seat.For voters and volunteers who passionately vied for the alliance's success, the ultimate result was met with varied reactions.Abboud said he felt that those who voted for established parties and candidates had done so for personal benefit.
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