Hariri greets his supporters in Beirut, Friday, May 4, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Rival leaders Friday capped their weekslong electoral campaigning with fiery speeches and passionate calls on their supporters to vote in large numbers on the eve of Lebanon's first general elections in nine years, deemed "crucial" by many because its outcome would determine the country's political future for the next four years.There are 583 candidates registered in 77 rival slates that are vying for spots in the 128-member Parliament in elections that will be conducted for the first time in Lebanon's history under a new voting system based on proportional representation splitting Lebanon into 15 districts and adopting preferential voting.Hariri has warned supporters that the Future Movement's 11-member list in the Beirut II district was facing a challenge from eight rival lists, including one backed by Hezbollah and the Amal Movement.Local media said Bassil's fiery statement against the LF is bound to jeopardize the 2016 agreement reached between President Michel Aoun and Geagea at the latter's residence in Maarab that eventually led the LF to support Aoun's presidency bid.
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