Municipal elections in Sidon, Thursday, April 28, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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In contrast to heated electoral battles expected for Sidon's municipal elections, the race for mukhtar posts remains muted and not met with the same enthusiasm from voters. Despite candidates appearing keen to start canvasing for support, there are almost no posters of perspective mukhtar festooning Sidon's old city or suburbs.Moudawar is also seeking the post of mukhtar for his own district.Mustapha Gharmati is seeking the mukhtar post for Sidon's Serail neighborhood for the first time. Within Sidon itself 66,000 residents will be casting their votes for 21 municipal council members and 23 mukhtars spread out across 13 neighborhoods.Mohammad Baasiri has been mukhtar of Dikerman, Sidon's biggest neighborhood for the past 18 years. Ali Masri, a traveling banana salesman, attributes this to the dire economic situation.
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