Myriam Skaff speaks in Zahle, Thursday, May 5, 2016. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Just days ahead of the municipal elections Sunday, Zahle's race is neck and neck with major local and national players all vying for key positions in the Bekaa Valley town.Skaff's ascendance to her late husband's commanding position is far from guaranteed. Opposing her are two rival lists: the "Parties' List" and the list backed by MP Nicholas Fattoush. The Parties' List comprises the main traditional Lebanese Christian political parties, the Lebanese Forces, the Free Patriotic Movement and the Kataeb Party. All three have united in a common electoral ballot as they seek to wrest Zahle away from the powerful local families that have long dominated the municipal council. Despite Skaff's indefatigable canvasing, Zahle's voters appear to remain split between the three lists.Sources indicate that Fattoush tried to encourage Aoun to lend support to his list; however, Aoun apparently rejected the idea and told Fattoush to go form his list independently.
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