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Saad Hariri’s Beirut supporters boycott election with pool party

by May 17, 2022Arab News

Beirut children play in an inflatable swimming pool set up by supporters of former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, who have boycotted the country's elections. AFP

As Lebanese voters headed to the polls on Sunday, supporters of former prime minister Saad Hariri instead gathered for a pool party in Beirut’s streets.

The Sunni leader announced this year that he would not contest the election or put forward any Future Movement candidates for Parliament and called on his supporters to follow by boycotting the vote.

In Beirut’s Sunni stronghold of Tareeq Al Jadideh, the roads shut down and a large yellow inflatable pool was set up. Adults and children splashed in the water while residents sat and watched.

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