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Established Candidates Take Lead in Lebanon Elections

A list backed by mainstream candidates is claiming victory in Lebanon's first round of local elections, despite a challenge by grassroot groups that hoped to take on the country's stagnant political system. Members of the Beirut list, an alliance backed by former prime minister Saad Hariri and other senior politicians, announced they had won all 24 seats in the Beirut municipality. It saw off a challenge from a competing list called Beirut Mandinati, Arabic for "Beirut is...

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