LF and Future Movement supporters celebrate during the elections at AUB in Beirut, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (The Daily Star/Finbar Anderson)
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Establishment parties racked up big wins in the American University of Beirut student elections Friday, with many citing a renewed focus on university-level issues, rather than national politics, as the cause. The "Students For Change" campaign affiliated to Hezbollah, the Amal Movement, Progressive Socialist Party and Free Patriotic Movement won eight seats on the highly prized University Student Faculty Committee, with seven going to the Lebanese Forces- and Future Movement-affiliated "Leaders of Tomorrow". The strategy to stay away from national politics appeared to have convinced many student voters.One candidate, affiliated with the PSP, said he had run with Students For Change because of the strong platform the group offered despite the fact that the PSP had run with Leaders of Tomorrow in this year's elections at the Lebanese American University and also previously at AUB.Nonetheless, Campus Choice seemingly failed to convince some students that they offered a viable alternative to the other two parties, with their mainstream ties. One student, who gave her name as Hayat, said she was not voting at all.
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