A general view of Amioun and Kfar Aqa. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Local rivalries and national politics are weaving a complicated tapestry for municipal elections in the northern district of Koura, as many local officials try to forge consensus lists. The Free Patriotic Movement, the Lebanese Forces, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, the Marada Movement and March 14 MP Farid Makari all have influence in Koura. The FPM and the SSNP formed alliances in previous campaigns that a number of local families would like to maintain, despite the former's new pact with the LF.The sources said that the SSNP would seek to prevent the repercussions of the FPM's newfound national alliance with the LF from affecting the municipal elections. The current municipal council is affiliated with Nicolas Ghosn and the LF.Some residents insist that the final say rests with the LF. George Zeidan, the local LF political coordinator, insists that their previous alliance with Nicolas Ghosn remains, but that they are seeking to bring their FPM allies into the council as well. He also stressed that the LF and the Future Movement are coordinating in different villages across Koura.
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