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Independent groups announce 9 lists across LebanonIndependent groups launched their final electoral lists for nine of Lebanon's 15 districts Monday, flaunting their 66 candidates at a packed house of hundreds at Beirut's Forum de Beirut.Monday's announcement marks the historic formation of an unprecedented anti-sectarian front against established parties, with many different civil society groups, independent candidates and recently-formed independent parties putting aside their many differences and forming united lists.The groups have together formed lists under the name "Kilna Watani," or "All for the Nation" in areas including Beirut I; Zahle; Metn; Kesrouan-Jbeil; Nabatieh -Bint Beil -- Marjayoun -- Hasbaya; Tripoli -- Minyeh -- Dinieh; Batroun -- Koura -- Bsharre -- Zgharta; Baabda; and Chouf -- Aley.Yacoubian, a respected journalist and TV host, resigned from Future TV earlier this year in order to run as a candidate in Beirut I with independent party Sabaa.Layal Bou Moussa, an independent candidate for Batroun and a current reporter for Al-Jadeed TV, oriented a message to the "civil war generation".Independent lists unaffiliated with Kilna Watani have been formed in other districts in Lebanon, such as the joint Civil Society -- Kataeb party list in Baabda which includes environmental activist heavyweights Paul Abi Rached and Ajwad Ayashe, and a Chouf -- Aley list that includes Mark Daou, an influential independent figure.However, no other groups have been able to field candidates across Lebanon.
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