Supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement carries a picture of FPM leader Michel Aoun during a protest in Downtown Beirut, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Azakir)
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The Free Patriotic Movement is set to pull out of the Future Movement-backed electoral list for Sunday's municipal elections in Beirut as the Future bloc called for a heavy turnout to vote in polls billed crucial for maintaining equal power sharing between Muslims and Christians."The FPM has decided to withdraw from the Future list following a dispute over the number of mukhtars," a senior FPM official told The Daily Star Tuesday night. He said the FPM has demanded five mukhtar posts for its candidates, but the Future Movement offered only four. The FPM's move came days after the Future Movement announced its candidate list named the Beirutis' List that included candidates from rival March 8 and 14 parties, including the FPM, the Lebanese Forces, the Kataeb Party, the Amal Movement and the Progressive Socialist Party.It was not immediately known if the FPM would now opt to support any of the two main rival electoral lists competing against the Beirutis' List for the control of Beirut's 24-member municipal council: Beirut Madinati (Beirut my City) and Citizens within a State.
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