Ministry workers tally votes from the Beirut municipality vote at the Biel complex in Beirut, Monday, May 9, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Ballots are still being counted in Beirut's municipal vote, more than 24 hours after the polls closed in an election marred by irregularities.Future Movement head Saad Hariri has all but declared victory in the polls for his list, made up of mainstream parties including Lebanon's three main Christian groups and the Shiite Amal Movement. But his challengers from the secular Beirut Madinati (Beirut is my city) list say a partial vote count has them in the lead in mostly-Christian east Beirut. Al Jadeed TV, reporting from the Biel complex in Beirut where members from both lists are monitoring the vote count, said Beirut Madinati had a solid lead in the Beirut 1 electoral district, which is comprised of Ashrafieh, Rmeil and Saifi. Al Jadeed said the votes in the Beirut 2 district where many Shiites live, comprised of Bashoura, Marfaa and Mdawar, were split between Beirut Madinati and Beirutis' List.
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