The municipality building in Kfar Sir, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (The Daily Star/Nazih Osseiran)
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Four months after the conclusion of Lebanon's municipal elections, Kfar Sir is still with no municipal council.In the absence of a municipal council and a mayor, Nabatieh Governor Mohammad Mawla is now the de facto mayor. Mourshed Salhab has worked as a clerk with Kfar Sir's municipality for the past 24 years. Municipal elections took place on May 24, a Sunday.Elections never took place, as both municipal and mukhtar candidates withdrew mere hours before the ballot boxes opened.The issue dates back to the election of the previous council in 2010 . The 15-member municipal council was split equally between Hezbollah and the Amal Movement. The first three years Afif Komayha, a local Amal Movement official, occupied the mayoral seat.The source blames Komayha for the municipality's staggering LL1 billion ($666,667) debt.A flurry of meetings ensued as Hezbollah, the Amal Movement, and independents tried to come to terms. The Monday before Election Day, Hezbollah proposed that Abed al Aziz Sbayte and Komayha share the mayoral seat for three years each. That Thursday evening, young men swarmed to the village center.
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