Jumblat in Sarcastic Remark after Hariri Casts Ballot in Wrong Box
Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat took to Twitter on Sunday to post a sarcastic comment after al-Mustaqbal movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri mistakenly cast a municipal polls ballot in a ballot box for the mayoral elections.
“Even Sheikh Saad is not convinced of the Beirutis List,” Jumblat tweeted, although the PSP has a candidate on the list.
Jumblat, however, deleted his tweet minutes after writing it.
Earlier in the day, the head of the Shakib Arslan School polling station in Beirut's Verdun announced that Hariri's vote will not be counted after he “cast a municipal polls ballot in a box dedicated to the mayoral elections.”
The PSP's candidate on the Beirutis List is Issam al-Ghawi.
In addition to Mustaqbal and the PSP, the list is backed by several other parties that are represented in the government and parliament, such as the Free Patriotic Movement, the Lebanese Forces, the Kataeb Party and the AMAL Movement.
Beirutis' main competitors are a secular group named Citizens In A State of which ex-Labor Minister Charbel Nahas is a member and the Beirut Madinati coalition -- a civic campaign of 24 candidates, equally split between men and women, and Muslims and Christians.