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The emergence of a newly formed electoral alliance between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces has led to a reshuffle of political cards in northern Lebanon in general, and in the Akkar qada [district] in particular, making it difficult to predict which party will have the upper hand in next month's municipal elections. With more than a month to go for the municipal polls in the north, the Akkar governorate is witnessing little if any electioneering activity these days due to two factors linked to politics: The FPM-LF alliance, and the Future Movement's declining activity which was met with a retreat of its March 8 opponents.The political parties that wield political influence in Akkar are the Future Movement in the first place, followed by its local opponents, namely former MP Wajih Baarini, and the Christian alliance between the FPM and the LF.Akkar has 128 municipalities, the largest of which is the Bibnine Municipality which includes 21 members.The elections are expected to draw over 3.3 million voters across over 1,000 municipalities to elect 11,961 representatives in Lebanon's first democratic elections since 2010 .
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