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Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen detained in Iran who is running in the upcoming Tripoli by-election, has said that voting for him would be "the only true victory among made-up and fake triumphs". In a statement carried Wednesday by his media office, Zakka said the by-election makes all the difference in the battle for freedom.The by-election was called after the Constitutional Council unseated former MP Dima Jamali in February, the result of an appeal by unsuccessful candidate Taha Naji, who ran on MP Faisal Karami's National Dignity list in the May 2018 national elections. Her candidacy is being backed by Hariri, Mikati, Rifi and Safadi.Also Wednesday, Sunni candidate Mahmoud al-Samadi withdrew his candidacy in the by-election, instead pledging his support for Jamali, meaning there are now seven candidates in the running.
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