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LEBANON - Sept. 3 - Opposition Candidates Win Elections.

The second and final round of general elections is held for the Beirut district The Beirut District is a district in the Beirut Governorate of Lebanon.

 and south Lebanon. In Beirut, opposition candidates led by ex-PM Rafiq Hariri win 18 of the 19 seats constested. Opposition candidates in the south also win many seats, along with Amal which has an electoral alliance An electoral alliance or electoral coalition is an association of political parties or individuals which exists solely to stand in elections.

Each of the parties within the alliance will have its own policies, but will choose temporarily to put aside differences in
 with Hizbollah. Hariri, a billionaire, is said to have spent as much as US$200m from him and his allies to win the elections, not only in the final round by also in the first round held on Aug. 27 for Mount Lebanon Mount Lebanon (Arabic: جبل لبنان), as a geographic designation, is the mountain range that extends across the whole country of Lebanon along about 160 km (100 mi), parallel to the Mediterranean coast and rising to 3,088 m (10,131 ft). , the north and the Bekaa regions. The government of PM Hoss and President Lahoud were dealt a heavy blow. MP Hoss lost his seat for Beirut along with three cabinet members, and representatives of the traditional Beirut political families, including Tammam Salam. In the south, the Amal/Hizbollah alliance won all 28 seats for the 128-member parliament. Both parties have backing from Lahoud and the current government but may support a cabinet led by Hariri.

The vote reflects the growing economic discontent as Lebanon struggles with stagnating growth and a public debt that reaches 140% of GDP GDP (guanosine diphosphate): see guanine. . The elections also mark an attempt by the political class to resist Syrian-designed plans to maintain Damascus' most favoured allies in government. Virtually all candidates supported a Syrian role in Lebanon - though to varying degrees - and the next parliament will remain committed to Syrian interest and opposed to the signing of a peace agreement with Israel before Damascus reaches its own peace settlement. But some candidates openly complained of increased Syrian meddling med·dle  
intr.v. med·dled, med·dling, med·dles
1. To intrude into other people's affairs or business; interfere. See Synonyms at interfere.

2. To handle something idly or ignorantly; tamper.
 in the run-up to the elections and called for a more balanced relationship with Damascus, which has run Lebanese politics since the end of the civil war in 1990. Although Syria managed the formation of electoral coalitions, the elections ended with Bashar Al Assad, Syria's new young ruler, unable or unwilling to resist the vote for change - even if this meant upsetting Lahoud, a close personal and political ally. Lahoud, the former head of the army, engineered. Hariri's removal from office in 1998. But with the post of PM reserved for a Sunni and with Hoss heading for retirement, the president might have no choice but to bring Hariri back. Hariri's relations with Damascus were strained two years ago, when Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam lost the Lebanon portfolio to Bashar, but they have improved in recent months as Khaddam re-emerged powerful after President Hafez Al Assad's death in June Death In June is the musical brainchild of English folk musician Douglas Pearce, better known as Douglas P. Death In June was originally formed in Britain in 1981 as a trio, but after the other members left in 1985 to work on other projects, the group became the work of  2000. Hariri has even promised large investments in Syria's faltering economy. The businessman Hariri, PM from 1992 to 1998, presided over high rates of economic growth, spurred by the first years of post-war reconstruction. But his administration was criticized for allowing corruption to spread and accumulating huge public debt. Under Lahoud and Hoss, the economy went into deep recession as foreign debts soared to US$21 bn. Moreover, the Hoss government's anti-corruption campaign, a main plank of the new Lahoud era, was perceived as a witch-hunt against Hariri associates and won the former PM sympathy. Hoss's cabinet also suffered from rising concerns that the president is relying heavily on military and intelligence services, whose role in public life has increased in the past two years).

In the first round, for 63 seats, voter appetite for change was evident on Aug. 27. Walid Jumblatt Walid Jumblatt (Arabic: وليد جنبلاط‎) (born August 7, 1949) is the current leader of the Progressive Socialist Party "PSP" of Lebanon and the most prominent leader of the Druze community. , the Druze leader and recurrent thorn in the government's side, won a clean sweep clean sweep n to make a clean sweep (SPORT) → arrasar, barrer

clean sweep n to make a clean sweep (Sport) → rafler tous les prix 
 in the Chouf mountains, south-east of Beirut. In the Metn region, to the capital's north east, the group of five pro-government candidates that included Michel Murr Michel Murr (Arabic: ميشال المرّ) is a Lebanese politician and businessman. He occupied the post of Minister of the Interior in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was born in Bteghrine, Lebanon in 1932. , the interior minister and close ally of Syria, won 5 of 8 seats. Nassib Lahoud Nassib Lahoud (Arabic: نسيب لحود) is a Lebanese political figure born on 23 November 1944 in Baabdat - Matn, Lebanon. After finishing his engineering studies in the United Kingdom, he founded Lahoud Engineering Co. Ltd. , an independent Maronite who had complained of Murr interference in the campaign, held his Metn seat. Another victor was Pierre Gemayel For the assassinated politician of the same name, see .
Sheikh Pierre Gemayel (Arabic: الشيخ بيار الجميّل 
, the son of former president Amin Gemayel, who returned from exile in France in July. (Christian parties opposed to Syrian dominance in Lebanon urged a boycott of the poll. Both Nassib Lahoud and Jumblatt have advocated a national unity government with all parties, including those outside the political system. Several of Hariri's allies won seats in the first round). The following is the list of MPs who won in the Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 elections:


District 1 (Ashrafieh, Mazraa, Saifi)

Rafik Hariri Rafik Bahaeddine Al-Hariri — (November 1 1944 – February 14 2005), (Arabic: رفيق بهاءالدين الحريري  (Sunni) Adnan Araqji (Sunni)

Ghattas Khoury (Maronite) Michel Pharaon Michel Pharaon (Arabic: ميشال فرعون), a Lebanese politician, is Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs in the Fouad Siniora Government. He has been in this position since July 19, 2005.  (Greek Catholic Greek Catholic
1. A member of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

2. A member of a Uniat church.

Noun 1. Greek Catholic - a member of the Greek Orthodox Church

Basel Fuleihan (Protestant) Atef Majdalani (Greek Orthodox Adj. 1. Greek Orthodox - of or relating to or characteristic of the Eastern Orthodox Church
Eastern Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Orthodox

faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he

District 2 (Bashoura, Rmeil, Moseitbeh)

Walid Eido Walid Eido (Arabic: وليد عيدو) (Beirut, 1942 - Beirut, June 13, 2007) was a Lebanese politician and member of the Current for the Future Lebanese political movement and an MP in the Lebanese  (Sunni) Bassem Yamout (Sunni)

Mohammed Berjawi (Shiite) Beshara Merhej (G. Orthodox)

Nabil de Freij (Minorities) Yeghia Djerdjian MP (Armenian Orthodox)

D3 (Ras Beirut, Ein Mreisseh, Mina Al Hosn, Zooqaq Al Blat, Medawar)

Mohammed Qabbani (Sunni) Ghinwa Jalloul (Sunni)

Ghazi gha·zi  
n. pl. gha·zies Islam
1. A man who has fought successfully against infidels.

2. Often used as a title for such a warrior.
 Aridi (Druze) Nasser Qandil (Shiite)

Jean Hogasapian (A. Orthdx) Hagop Kassardjian (A. Orthodox)

Serge Toursarkissian (A. Catholic)

South Lebanon - District 1 - Sidon

Mustafa Saad (Sunni) Bahiya Hariri (Sunni)


Nabih Berri Nabih Berri (Arabic: نبيه بري; born January 28, 1938 in Bo, Sierra Leone) is a Sierra Leonean-Lebanese politician, is currently the speaker of the Lebanese Parliament of Lebanon.  (Shiite) Ali Osseiran (Shiite)

Michel Musa (G. Catholic)

Bint Jbeil Bint Jbeil (Arabic: بنت جبيل) is the second largest town in the Nabatiye Governorate in Southern Lebanon.

The town has an estimated population of 30,000.

Ayoub Humayed (Shiite) Mohammed Fneish (Shiite)


Abdel-Latif Zein zein

the principal protein in maize. Has low nutritive value, being deficient in lysine and tryptophan.
 (Shiite) Mohammed Raad (Shiite)

Yassin Jaber (Shiite)

Nazih Mansour (Shiite) Ali Hassan Khalil (Shiite)

Anwar Khalil (Druze) Asaad Hardan (G. Orthodox)

Qassem Hashem (Sunni)


Ali Khalil (Shiite) Abdullah Qasir (Shiite)

Ali Khreis (Shiite) Abdel-Hamid Beydoun (Shiite)


Samir Azar (Maronite) George Najm (Maronite)

Antoine Khoury (G. Catholic)

Bekaa - District 1 (Baalbeck, Hermel)

Hussein Husseini (Shiite) Ammar Musawi (Shiite)

Mohammed Yaghi (Shiite) Hussein Hajj hajj (häj), the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, one of the five basic requirements (arkan or "pillars") of Islam. Its annual observance corresponds to the major holy day id al-adha,  Hassan (Shiite)

Assem Qanso Assem Qanso (born 1937 in Baalbek) is a Lebanese politician. His religious affiliation is ٍShiite Islam. He's the leader of the Lebanese Baath party.

He joins the Lebanese Baath in 1953.
 (Shiite) Ghazi Zeaiter (Shiite)

Masoud Hujeiri (Sunni) Ibrahim Bayan (Sunni)

Nader Sukkar (Maronite) Marwan Fares (G. Catholic)

District 2 (Zahle)

Elie Skaff (G. Catholic) Nicolas Fattoush (G. Catholic)

Khalil Hrawi (Maronite) Mohsen Dalloul (Shiite)

Mohammed Ali Mais (Sunni) George Kassardji (A. Orthodox)

Youssef Maalouf (G. Orthodox)

District 3 - Western Bekaa (Rashaya)

Abdel-Rahim Mrad (Sunni) Sami Khatib (Sunni)

Mahmoud Abu Hamdan (Shiite) Elie Ferzli (G. Orthodox)

Faisal Daoud (Druze) Robert Ghanem (Maronite)

North - District 1 (Akkar)

Jamal Ismail (Sunni) Wajih Baarini(Sunni)

Mohammed Yehya (Sunni) Michael Daher (Maronite)

Issam Fares Issam Fares (Arabic: عصام فارس) is a Lebanese politician and international investment businessman.

Fares was a member of the Lebanese Parliament and occupied the post of Deputy Prime Minister until February 28, 2005 when the
 (G. Orthodox) Karim Rassi (G. Orthodox)

Abdel Rahman Abdel Rahman (Alawite)


Jubran Tawk (Maronite) Qabalan Issa Khoury (Maronite)


Ahmad Fatfat(Sunni) Jihad Samad (Sunni)

District 2 (Batroun)

Boutros Harb (Maronite) Sayed Akl(Maronite)


Fayez Ghosn(G. Orthodox) Farid Makari(G. Orthodox)

Salim Saade (G. Orthodox)


Saleh Kheir (Sunni)


Nagib Mikati (Sunni) Mohammed Safadi (Sunni)

Mohammed Kabbara (Sunni) Sunni Omar Karami(Sunni)

Mosbah Ahdab (Sunni) Jean Obeid (Maronite)

Maurice Fadel(G. Orthodox) Ahmad Hbous(Alawite)


Sleiman Franjieh (Maronite) Nayla Moawad (Maronite)

Kaissar Moawad (Maronite)

Mount Lebanon - District 1 (Jbeil)

Abbas Hashem (Shiite) Nazem Khoury (Maronite)

Fares Soueid (Maronite)


Farid Khazen (Maronite) George Frem (Maronite)

Mansour Bone (Maronite) Neamatallah Abi Nasr (Maronite)

Fares Bouiez (Maronite)

District 2 (Metn)

Emile Lahooud (Maronite) Pierre Gemayel (Maronite)

Nassib Lahoud (Maronite) Chaker Abu Sleiman (Maronite)

Michel Murr (G. Orthodox) Antoine Haddad (G. Catholic)

Sebouh Hovnanian (Armenian) Albert Moukhaiber (G. Orthodox)

District 3 (Aley)

Akram Chehayeb (Druze) Talal Arslan (Druze)

Fouad Saad (Maronite) Pierre Helou (Maronite)

Antoine Andraos (G. Orthodox)


Bassem Sabeh (Shiite) Ali Ammar (Shiite)

Ayman Shuqair (Druze) Salah Hnein (Maronite)

Antoine Ghanem (Maronite) Abdallah Farhat (Maronite)

District 4 (Chouf)

Mohamed Hajjear (Sunni) Alaeddine Terro (Sunni)

Marwan Hamadeh (Druze) Walid Jumblatt (Druze)

Nabil Boustany (Maronite) Georges Dib Nehme (Maronite)

Elie Aoun (Maronite) Nahme Tohme (G. Catholic)
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