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The Future Movement-backed electoral list appears to have scored a victory in Beirut's municipal elections, and was set to sweep all 24 seats of the municipal council and reaffirming former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's solid power base in the capital, preliminary results showed early Monday.Hariri thanked them for voting in the municipal elections and took a selfie with them, something he has been known for.Tens of thousands of voters from Beirut, the Bekaa and Baalbek-Hermel lined up at polling stations Sunday morning to cast their ballots in local elections, the first polls to be held in six years. The municipal and mukhtar elections in Beirut and the Bekaa Valley are the first of a four-stage voting. The voter turnout reached 20.14 percent in Beirut, 52.6 percent in Zahle, 43.5 percent in Rashaya, 42 percent in West Bekaa, 62 percent in Baalbek, and 45 percent in Hermel, according to an Interior Ministry statement.The Interior Ministry said that the 476,021 eligible voters in Beirut were distributed among 1,646 polling stations in the capital, while 308,717 voters in the Bekaa were distributed among 1,158 stations.However, the head of the polling station later said that Hariri's vote in the mukhtar election was invalid because he placed the ballot inside a box specified for the municipal elections.
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