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March 8 student candidates running at Lebanese American University's Beirut campus won by a thin majority Friday, while March 14 rivals swept most seats at the Jbeil campus. March 8 students won eight out of 15 seats in Beirut. The two remaining seats were won by candidates from the Progressive Socialist Party.In the Jbeil campus, March 14 student candidates won 11 out of 15 seats in the Student Council. The Free Patriotic Movement boycotted the Jbeil elections. Student elections in Beirut proceeded smoothly despite the forced withdrawal of two March 14 student candidates Hasan Khaled and Mark Mardelli. The withdrawal allowed Future-backed candidate Karim al-Halabi, Amal student candidate Rayan Mahfouz and Samer Hoteit, who is affiliated with the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, to win unopposed at the business school. Also, in the school of architecture, the lack of enough candidates enabled Future Movement student candidate Farah Mikati, Lara Sleem, who is backed by the PSP, and Hezbollah student candidate Aya Kanj to win unchallenged. Most students at LAU's Beirut campus admitted that they had voted with purely political considerations.
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