Saad Hariri greets supporters at his Beirut residence, Monday, May 9, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Hariri: Beirutis voted to safeguard sectarian parityClaiming a clean sweep by his Future Movement-backed candidate list in Beirut's municipal elections, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Monday Beirutis had voted for protecting parity between Muslims and Christians as an irrevocable choice. In what appeared to be a victory speech ahead of official final results of the first round of municipal and mukhtar elections held in Beirut and the Bekaa Valley Sunday, Hariri said: "Congratulations to Beirut, to the people of Beirut, to the Beirutis. Initial results indicate that the Beirutis' List, backed by the Future Movement and key Christian and Muslim parties, have prevailed in the elections, capturing all 24 seats in Beirut's municipal council. The list's two rivals were secular groups Beirut Madinati (Beirut My City) and Citizens within a State, which hoped to challenge the establishment. In the Beirut 1 electoral district, which is comprised of Ashrafieh, Rmeil and Saifi, Beirut Madinati won around 9,000 votes while Beirutis' List got 6,000 .In the Beirut 2 district where many Shiites live, comprised of Bashoura, Marfaa and Medawar, Beirutis' List won around 9,000 votes while Beirut Madinati garnered 4,000 .
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