Bahia Hariri allied herself with Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya and Bizri in the 2016 municipal elections, but is competing against the two this time.
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The Christian-majority town of Jezzine in particular is expected to witness one of the country's fiercest competitions over its three Christian seats – two Maronite and one Catholic – that are now held by MPs affiliated to the foreign minister's Free Patriotic Movement.But between 1990 and the last elections, Berri's Amal Movement had dominated those seats, annoying many Christians who did not want to see a Shiite party represent them. Hariri insisted on naming the candidate and also disapproved of Aswad's candidacy.Elections experts believe that the two Maronite seats will be divided between the two opposing parties, with one seat going to either of the FPM's incumbents, Amal Abou Zeid or Aswad, while Amal's candidate Ibrahim Azar, son of late MP Samir Azar and a long-time ally of Amal, winning the second seat.Five seats are up for grabs in the southern district – the three Christian seats in Jezzine and Sidon's two Sunni seats.
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