Aoun receives Frangieh in Rabieh, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)
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Fallout from the results of north Lebanon's municipal elections sparked a war of words Tuesday between Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh and Free Patriotic Movement Head Gebran Bassil."When the sun sets dwarves perceive their shadows as taller," Frangieh tweeted in an apparent jibe at Bassil's height following the latter's heated news conference. During the conference from his hometown of Batroun, Bassil lamented the absence of Christians on Tripoli's new municipal council. "Tripoli's Choice," backed by resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi, attained a shocking 16-seats and now effectively controls the city.None of Tripoli's minority groups, including Christians and Alawites, are represented on the council, prompting Tripoli MP Robert Fadel to submit his resignation. The head of north Lebanon's Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya branch Ihab Nafeh announced his resignation as a result of the party's defeat in Tripoli.
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