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The Free Patriotic Movement held its first district elections Sunday amid lingering divisions over how the party managed its presidential succession last summer.Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil succeeded Gen. Michel Aoun, the party's iconic but aging doyen, to the FPM's top post as part of an internal settlement reached in the summer of 2015 . Speaking from the northern village of Minyara in the Akkar district, where the first ballot box opened, Bassil said that the polls proved that a proportional representation system could be implemented in Lebanon's legislative elections, demonstrated by the party's elections.The polls 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.
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