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MP Imad Hout told Voice of Lebanon Wednesday that ongoing contact among the various political parties resulted in consensus in Sidon on municipal elections.

A coalition list was formed after Sidon businessman Mohammed al-Saudi won support from the various political parties in the city to become head of the municipal council.

He said contacts, however, are still being carried out in Beirut and Tripoli in an effort to draw up a list that includes all parties.

Hout said that there are ongoing talks over May’s municipal elections in the Beirut district between parties aimed at reaching consensus to avoid an electoral battle.

Negotiations between Lebanon First members and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun have yielded no clear results on the distribution of Beirut’s seats, he said.

Opportunity to unite

Speaker Nabih Berri said during Wednesday’s weekly parliamentary meetings that May’s municipal elections are an opportunity to unite Lebanese.

He welcomed the consensus reached in Sidon and said he hopes to see similar agreement during the 2013 parliamentary elections.

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