Retired Brig. Gen. Chamel Roukoz. The Daily Star
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In the 2009 parliamentary elections, the Free Patriotic Movement won the eight seats in Kesrouan and Jbeil under the old winner-takes-all electoral law.This will allow candidates to win a seat in Parliament even if the list on which they ran did not get the largest share of votes.Sources monitoring the electoral preparations for Kesrouan-Jbeil say that the president's relationship to the region's MPs and high-ranking figures has helped remove a number of obstacles that Roukoz is facing.Based on these talks, the fifth candidate will be determined for a Kesrouan seat.As for the Shiite seat, it's highly likely that the Hezbollah candidate will not be on Roukoz's FPM backed list.Hezbollah's candidate, Hussein Zeaiter, launched his electoral campaign by meeting with religious authorities from the area. He is attempting to form a list after failing to get himself on the list of candidates with local electoral presence.The LF will also form a list, which currently has three candidates – Hawat from Jbeil, Daccache from Kesrouan and Mahmoud Awad as their Shiite candidate from Jbeil."We are a list of independent candidates opposed to the current political class," Salameh told The Daily Star.He said as well as himself, he had three other candidates locked in, but would not give names.
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