Prime Minister Tammam Salam casts his ballot in the municipal elections, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Officials taking part in Sunday's municipal and mukhtar elections hailed the vote as victory for democracy and called on all citizens to cast their ballots.Sunday's local elections, taking place in Beirut, the Bekaa Valley and the Hermel-Baalbek District, are the first of their kind since 2010 . Municipal elections take place every six years. Machnouk, Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon, former Telecoms Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui and other officials were also seen casting their ballots at polling stations in Beirut.Head of the Citizens within a State list, former Minister Charbel Nahas, took part in the voting at a school in Beirut's Ashrafieh district.Meanwhile, Tarek Ammar, who is running as deputy head of the Beirut Madinati (Beirut my City) list, called on people to vote for change.
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