Members of Baalbek Madinati list in Baalbek, Sunday, May 1, 2016. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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Two days before municipal elections in east Lebanon's Bekaa Valley Sunday, Hezbollah, the Amal Movement and a number of local families are gearing up for fierce competitions in some areas. The city of Baalbek is preparing for an electoral battle par excellence, pitting two lists against one other. The list includes representatives from some of Baalbek's most prominent families.The second, Loyalty and Development, was formed by Hezbollah and the Amal Movement with other March 8 parties. The situation in the Baalbek-Hermel village of Labweh is similar to that in Baalbek.Two lists are competing against each other: the local Families of Labweh list and the Hezbollah- and Amal-backed Loyalty and Development list. The border town of Arsal will see its electoral competition contested by three major lists: a family based list, a list headed by current Mayor Mohammad Hujeiri and a third formed by former Mayor Bassel Hujeiri.
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