A general view of the northeastern border town of Arsal, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Three weeks before municipal elections, preparations for the race are picking up steam in the northern Bekaa, where clan allegiances can supersede political loyalties. As with other areas in Lebanon, the electoral alliance between Hezbollah and Amal applies to Baalbek-Hermel. As the contest approaches, Hezbollah has finished putting together election lists in a number of areas affiliated with the group.But in other villages, Hezbollah is still working to form common lists with the Amal Movement. Baalbek's former Mayor Ghaleb Yaghi has also said that he is seeking to form a list that would face that backed by Hezbollah and Amal.Since it is running with the Amal Movement, the party proposed to divide the mayoral term – three years for Hezbollah and three years for Amal.
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