Supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement carry a picture of Aoun during a protest in Downtown Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Azakir)
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The Free Patriotic Movement is to hold district elections this week amid lingering divisions over how the party managed its presidential succession in the summer.Now, some of the settlement's opponents have banded together to introduce some "fresh blood," as one official described it, into the party.The elections, set for Jan. 17, are open to all of the approximately 35,000 party members, and there are 2,300 candidates on the lists for the various local and district authorities.Another official played down the division over the party's executive, saying members are being asked to vote about the role of the party within local communities.This week's elections are only "indirectly" tied to that leadership struggle, the official added, who noted that Bassil and Alain Aoun's supporters are distributed among both sets of electoral lists in the Beirut elections.
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