Students cheer at the AUB student elections on Oct. 13, 2018. (The Daily Star/Finbar Anderson)
A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to Baker Halawi as Future’s Youth Coordinator. He is Future’s Youth Private Universities Coordinator. The Daily Star regrets this error.
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Saint Joseph University, the site of the earlier melee, was the last to hold elections this Saturday, as the American University of Beirut, Lebanese American University and Notre Dame University held theirs earlier in October.Students represent national political parties and tensions run high as candidates fight to prove their party's weight, both at the university and symbolically, in the country.Christian-dominated areas mostly witness competition between the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement, so other parties with smaller reach run as their allies or as independents, FPM Youth Coordinator Jihad Salameh explained.When the AUB elections concluded on Oct. 13, one of the Secular Club's winning candidates was filmed celebrating with students from the rival Amal Movement while holding the party's flag.FROM THE OUTSIDEPolitical issues definitely influence student elections, according to Salameh. In AUB's 2017 student council elections, FPM students surprisingly decided to join the March 14 alliance.However, the FPM-March 14 alliance, after winning six seats on the 19-seat council, failed to reach consensus on many issues, according to Future's Youth Coordinator Baker Halawi.The FPM thus rejoined March 8 in this year's elections, with this coalition earning eight seats.
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