Lebanese student elections are closely watched as a bellwether of national political sentiment. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Close elections for the American University of Beirut student council Friday saw the coalition representing the now-defunct March 8 split with the March 14 national political coalition and independent party seats. Dozens of candidates from political parties, in addition to independent candidates, competed to represent their peers based on lists of candidates or a preferred vote, where one person is selected from a list.According to official results released by the university, the Hezbollah-Amal alliance of Students for Change, Leaders of Tomorrow – a coalition of the Lebanese Forces, the Future Movement and Free Patriotic Movement – and an independent party Campus Choice each took six seats.On the AUB campus, while the vote was taking place, a candidate from Students for Change who asked not to be named told The Daily Star that "elections are being held in a calm and organized atmosphere with no problems".He said he was confident in his party's chance of winning and in its ability to bring change to the university. Before the result was announced, the Students for Change candidate was confident that the addition of FPM would boost their changes.
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