A Kilna Watani (All for the Nation) supporter chants slogans during a protest near the Interior Ministry in Beirut, Monday, May 7, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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In Bourjeily's eyes, the efforts of his group and others like it will be futile if independents face established parties on an unequal playing field.Comprising 66 candidates, the unprecedented alliance spanned nine of Lebanon's 15 electoral districts.The media personality is a member of the independent Sabaa party.Mounir Doumani, a member of the Mouwatinoun w Mouwatinat fi Dawla (Citizens Within a State) representative council noted the party was also engaging in a period of "soul searching".Specifically, he highlighted Lebanon's low voter turnout as the party's most pressing issue. While the party ultimately lost, Doumani noted local participation in the 2016 bid had been better than what the party managed to elicit in its recent national campaign.Carole Alsharabati, director of the Institute of Political Science at Saint Joseph University, predicted that in the coming months and years, independents parties would reveal their real potential.Highlighting Mouwatinoun w Mouwatinat fi Dawla's work before the elections, Doumani stressed the party's objective was never centered on the parliamentary vote.
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