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As preparations to hold municipal elections across Lebanon next month have moved into high gear, the lack of consensus among various political parties in Tripoli heralds a hotly contested battle for the control of the northern city's 24-member municipal council. An electoral agreement between former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and former Premier Najib Mikati is viewed as essential for avoiding a much-feared fierce municipal battle in Tripoli.This situation has prompted Tripoli's residents to wait for the results of consultations currently being held by Hariri over the municipal elections in the city to see if any consensus could be reached.Therefore, in the absence of a political consensus and in light of the gap between the Future Movement and the other political parties in Tripoli and the estrangement between their supporters, many residents predict a hotly contested municipal battle in Tripoli and the Mina district.
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