Gebran examines a copy of his electoral platform during a rally in Jezzine. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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With Jezzine's parliamentary by-election approaching next month, the Lebanese Forces is seeking a deal that would spare the district a heated battle between a candidate backed by Speaker Nabih Berri on one side and another supported by the LF and the Free Patriotic Movement. Meanwhile, the FPM is embroiled in a balancing act as it tries to appease its myriad factions and its newfound ally – the LF. In 2009, the FPM won a sweeping victory against Berri's candidates as it snatched all three of the area's Christian seats.The LF supports the FPM's candidate. The Rizk, Helou and Serhal families have allied themselves with the FPM and LF.The sources also said that the LF in Jezzine had conveyed this initiative to both the FPM and Azar.Sources, however, said the LF-FPM alliance may be difficult to apply in Jezzine. The sources expected an electoral battle to be waged within the FPM itself. It appears the FPM is engaged in a delicate balancing act.
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