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By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT (Reuters) - A new Lebanese movement is hoping to take control of Beirut's council in municipal elections this weekend, aiming to tap into discontent with a failing government in an effort to weaken the grip of long-dominant sectarian parties. Beirut Madinati, meaning 'Beirut is my city', hopes to attract voters angered by the decay of a capital once known as the Paris of the Middle East but overwhelmed in recent times by the stench of its garbage -- among other problems. Including academics, artists, a famous film director, and the head of a fishing union, Beirut Madinati faces an uphill struggle against an alliance including long-established Sunni, Shi'ite and Christian groups.
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