Is the همزة in أخيرا elided? If so, it would not be pronounced.
1. وَاجتماع is pronounced wa-jtima‘ (the كسرة under the alif is elided)
2. الْبَيْت is pronounced “al-bayt,” but when preceded with في, both the همزة and فتحة are elided and it is pronounced “feel-bayt.”
Is أخيرا like the examples above, such that the همزة is not pronounced when preceded by وَ?