File - Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri waves to his supporters during a speech in the northern city of Tripoli, Friday, June 24, 2016. (The Daily Star/ stringer)
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Political posters supporting former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and presidential candidate MP Michel Aoun were torn down by youth in Tripoli Tuesday, prompting the Army to intervene. After over two years without a head of state, Hariri made a surprise move and changed his nomination to Aoun last week – just ahead of a parliamentary electoral session scheduled for Oct. 31 .Local news outlets reported groups of young men from the northern city of Tripoli ripped down banners depicting Hariri and Aoun, who is backed by Hezbollah. The torn-down posters were pro-Hariri and Aoun. Over the weekend, Rifi held a rally in which he denounced Hariri's endorsement of Aoun, whom Rifi considers an "Iranian project".Hariri endorsed Aoun's candidacy last week, despite the general's low popularity among Hariri's Sunni base.
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