People vote during the Free Patriotic Movement's first district elections, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Free Patriotic Movement will hold internal party elections Sunday with the purpose of anticipating who will represent them in upcoming parliamentary races. However, critics within the party are skeptical about the democratic process, claiming that alliances and the new electoral law will ultimately decide the contenders. Seventy-three candidates will be competing across Lebanon's districts. Originally 83 candidates sought nomination but 10 were forced to withdraw as they did not meet the party's criteria. The FPM views the preliminary elections as a mechanism to determine strong candidates who can compete in upcoming parliamentary elections, expected next year.The choice of candidates will not only depend on this party mechanism, but also be based on the eventual election law and local alliances.
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