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The Free Patriotic Movement will forge an alliance with the Lebanese Forces to contest the municipal elections together, MP Ibrahim Kanaan confirmed over the weekend, a move constituting a major breakthrough in ties between the formerly rival Christian parties marked by decades of political feud.The FPM has long rallied for electoral reform, calling for a president to be elected directly by the Lebanese people, as well as for a new electoral law to be used in legislative elections based on proportional representation, which would see Lebanon as one constituency.The FPM has long complained of alleged Christian marginalization in the public administration, saying that the community, which makes up between 35 to 40 percent of Lebanon's estimated 4 million population, has not been well represented in both Parliament and the government. Kanaan said that the historic reconciliation that took place between MP Michel Aoun, the FPM founder, and LF chief Samir Geagea in January, was intended to set the stage for a national reconciliation among all Lebanese factions. The Lebanese citizenship bill, a key demand of the FPM and the LF, passed by Parliament last November, allows expatriates of Lebanese origin to obtain Lebanese nationality.Kanaan accused politicians who oppose Aoun's election as president of violating the National Pact and the inter-Christian agreement over the presidency.
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