From right, Ziad Aswad, Abdul-Rahman Bizri and Amal Abou Zeid announce the electoral list at Bizri’s residence in Sidon, Friday, March 23, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Although the Future Movement in the district, represented by Sidon MP Bahia Hariri, allied itself with Lebanon's Muslim Brotherhood branch Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya and former Sidon Mayor Abdul-Rahman Bizri for the 2016 municipal elections, the three are entering this year's electoral battle on opposing sides.There are four main lists contesting the May 6 parliamentary elections: one that brings together the Future Movement and independent candidates; an alliance of the Free Patriotic Movement, Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya and Bizri; a joint list that will include Popular Nasserite Organization leader Osama Saad and Ibrahim Azar; and another list that will include the Lebanese Forces and the Kataeb Party. The lists will be courting the district's 122,382 registered voters for one Catholic, two Maronite and two Sunni seats. The Future Movement's list for Sidon-Jezzine is expected include the following candidates: Hariri and Hasan Shamseddine for two Sunni seats; Amin Rizk and Angel Khawand for the two Maronite seats; and Robert Khoury for the Catholic seat.Nevertheless, the Future Movement is preparing itself for the fact that it might lose the Sunni seat currently occupied by Sidon MP Fouad Siniora, who decided not run.
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