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Grassroots campaign tackles entrenched parties in Lebanon poll

A woman shows her ink-stained thumb after casting her vote at a polling station in Beirut on May 8, 2016Lebanese headed to the polls for the first time in six years on Sunday for municipal elections including in Beirut, where a new grassroots campaign is taking on entrenched parties. It is the first election of any kind in Lebanon since the last municipal polls in 2010, in a country that has not had a president for the past two years nor voted for a parliament since 2009. Voters trickled to polling stations in Beirut and in two provinces of the Bekaa region in the first stage of an election to last until May 29 in five other provinces.

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