Resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi speaks to reporters from his home, Monday, May 30, 2016. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi promised to bring change to Lebanon's second city of Tripoli, after unofficial results Monday indicated that his list took an overwhelming majority of municipal council seats in the election one day earlier.In arguably the biggest upset in Lebanon's local elections this month, Rifi's "Tripoli's Choice" beat a coalition list backed by former premiers Saad Hariri and Najib Mikati, former ministers Mohammad Safadi and Faysal Karami, several local MPs and Islamist groups.In a press conference, Rifi said the coalition list lost because it wanted to serve its own interests instead of the people of Tripoli.Earlier in the day, Rifi said his ticket's victory is an indication that the people of Tripoli reject the path that Hariri is taking, in reference to his recent nomination of Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh for presidency.Rifi said Tripoli has entered a "new era" and called on Hariri to go back to the "principles" of his father, the late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
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