Hirik and members of his list pose for a photo in Batroun. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Rival political parties and families Monday teamed up to announce an electoral alliance with the aim of sparing the northern Zgharta district any political battle or struggle during the forthcoming municipal and mukhtar elections next Sunday. The alliance, grouping the Marada Movement, the Independence Movement, the Future Movement, the Free Patriotic Movement, the Lebanese Forces and representatives from the Doueihy family and civil society groups, was announced at a luncheon hosted by Independence Movement chief Michel Mouawad at a tourist complex in the city of Ehden.The coalition is backing a candidate list headed by Cesar Bassim to compete for Zgharta's 21-member municipal council.The Zgharta alliance came as the municipal battle in other northern districts was heating up a few days before the vote kicks off.Tannourine, located in the Batroun district, has an 18-member municipal council.The municipal battle in Tripoli promises to be fierce after resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi Saturday entered the fray by announcing a candidate ticket against two rival lists competing for the control of the northern city's 24-member municipal council.
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