Frangieh casts his ballot. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Former MP Samir Frangieh called Sunday shortly after his election as head of the March 14 coalition's National Council on all Lebanese to participate in preparations for what he dubbed an "Intifada of Peace" to lay the ground for a better future for Lebanon.Frangieh, a political writer and a former March 14 lawmaker from north Lebanon, won with a sweeping majority of 237 votes out of the council's 284-member constituent assembly, while his opponent Fawzi Farri received 32 .In an opening speech, former MP Fares Soueid, coordinator of the March 14 Secretariat General, said "March 14 independents" refer to those who voluntarily joined the "Independence Intifada" which laid the foundation for the March 14, 2005, movement that eventually led to the withdrawal of the Syrian army from Lebanon, ending nearly three decades of Syria's domination of its smaller neighbor.
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