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‘Vote for garlic Shawarma’: Lebanese react online to local elections

Many young voters also posted selfies of their ink-stained thumbs, with many saying they were voting for the first time

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During the first round of municipal elections in Beirut, Lebanese voters took to social media - with one posting a picture of him voting for a “Shawarma with extra garlic sauce.”

The post has been shared widely as citizens, many of whom frustrated that Lebanon has not been able to elect a president since 2014, expressed both frustration and excitement in voting in the first elections of any kind since 2010.

Local media reported a decisive victory for the “Beirutis” list, headed by Jamal Itani, after his announcement based on initial results. Final results were to be announced later on Monday.

Voter turnout in Beirut stood at around 20 percent according to local media, signaling a political fatigue among frustrated Lebanese citizens.

Among the photos making the social media rounds was one of Lebanese actress Nadine Labaki, who ran as a candidate on the grassroots movement campaign ‘Beirut Madinati’ (Beirut, my city). The post takes a screenshot of her acclaimed film ‘Where do we go from here’ in which she looks sullen at a funeral.

The campaign failed to win any seats as the majority of the 24 available slots on Beiruit’s municipal council went to an establishment-backed list supported by the Future Movement of Sunni Muslim politician Saad al-Hariri.

Many young voters also posted selfies of their ink-stained thumbs, with many saying they were voting for the first time.

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Political cartoons also made an appearance with one, pictured below, showing a citizens fighting mounds of trash in an attempt to cast his ballot.

The trash crisis began last summer when the government closed the city's main landfill without agreeing on a replacement. For eight months trash piled up across the city.