Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian receives Prime Minister Tammam Salam at Dar al-Fatwa on Sunday, May 10, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Candidates backed by the Future Movement won a majority of seats in the Higher Islamic Council Sunday, in the first election held by the body in nearly a decade. District elections for council seats were held across the country, along with elections for new members of the administrative council of Islamic Endowment Departments in Lebanon. The opposition, who were close to the Future Movement, had previously extended the council's term for one year.In the districts of Hasbaya and Marjayoun, Hasan Dalli, another candidate close to the Future Movement won as well.But the Future Movement candidates did not fare well in Tripoli, as the five council seats were won by candidates supported by an alliance of Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Former Minister Faisal Karami, Former Minister Mohammad Safadi and al-Jamaa al-Islamiya. Most of the seats in other districts were won by candidates backed by the Future Movement.
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