Municipal elections in Sidon, Sunday, May 22, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora Monday ruled out running in the upcoming parliamentary elections, leaving MP Bahia Hariri as the only confirmed Future Movement candidate in Sidon-Jezzine.In the 2009 elections, which were based on a now-superseded 1960 electoral law, Sidon and Jezzine were marked as independent districts. At the time, the Sunni Future Movement won two seats for Sidon MPs, whereas the Maronite-majority Free Patriotic Movement won three for Jezzine.To date, only four candidates running for the Sunni seats in the district have been confirmed: Future's Bahia Hariri, the Popular Nasserist Organization's Osama Saad, Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya candidate Bassam Hammoud and former Sidon Mayor Abd al-Rahman al-Bizri, son of the late MP Nazih al-Bizri.The FPM seems confident of securing at least two of the three Christian seats. After FPM MPs and their two Maronite candidates, Ziad Aswad and Amal Abou Zeid, recently met with Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya and its candidate Hammoud, and separately with Bizri, the former Sidon mayor, rumors of potential alliances were neither denied nor confirmed by the FPM.The MP said the parliamentary elections will act as a "station" where the public can stop and review the work of their previously elected MPs.
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