Byblos' Mayor Ziad Hawat attend a conference in Byblos, Friday, May 15, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The energetic mayor who transformed Lebanon's coastal town of Jbeil into a vibrant tourist attraction announced his resignation Friday, with the hope of running for Parliament to continue his work.In a copy of his letter, which spread across social media, Hawat wrote that he made the decision in order to be able to run in next year's scheduled parliamentary elections. It is not permitted for a person to run in the parliamentary elections if they hold another official position. Previously, mayors were required to resign two years prior to the parliamentary elections.
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