Hezbollah cements dominance amid low turnout in Lebanon polls

Lebanon's parliamentary election raises hopes for changes

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah has praised provisional parliamentary election results as vindicating his group's military operations. Hours after the results were announced, Education Minister Naftali Bennet said: "Lebanon = Hezbollah" noting that Tel Aviv will not differentiate between the sovereign state of Lebanon and the party that now controls its Legislative Branch. As he specified, "the parliamentary presence" created by Hezbollah and its allies would guarantee the protection of the "resistance".

As a result, Hariri's team only got five out of 11 seats in Beirut, with four going to Hezbollah allies, one to the Social Progressive Party of Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, and one to a notable newcomer, independent Beiruti millionaire Fouad Makhzoumi.

Despite the disappointing turnout among an electorate that included around 800,000 people who were too young to vote in the previous general polls, the new electoral law that allows smaller parties to run helped a civil society list break into parliament.

The still-to-be confirmed results show major gains for Hezbollah and its allies and seat losses for the Western-backed Future Movement of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

But in recent years, Riyadh has cut support for Hariri, backing that helped Future in 2009 as part of the March 14 coalition, which focused on making Hezbollah give up its arms. Lebanon's prime minister has to be a Sunni under its sectarian power sharing system. The interior minister said official results would be declared on Monday morning.

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Senior political leaders, including Hariri himself and Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk whose task it was to supervise the vote, admitted that new voting rules tested for the first time had been perplexing for the electorate. That, and its intervention in Iraq and Yemen, has led several oil-rich Gulf states to also name it as a terrorist group.

Hezbollah, which was created in the 1980s to fight against Israel and now battles in Syria alongside regime forces, is listed as a terror organisation by the United States, while the European Union lists Hezbollah's military wing as a terrorist, differentiating between its military activities and political.

But many, including Machnouk, blamed the new, complex law which redrew constituency districts for the tepid turnout particularly in Beirut.

Hezbollah's allies include the Shi'ite Amal Movement led by Nabih Berri, the Christian Free Patriotic Movement established by President Michel Aoun and other groups and individuals that view its weapons as an asset to Lebanon.

"We were betting on a better result", the premier said.

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On the opposite side of the political spectrum, the Lebanese Forces emerged victorious on Sunday, raising their parliamentary share from 8 to 15 seats across 13 districts.

The biggest victor so far is the right-wing Christian Lebanese Forces that nearly doubled its number of seats to 15.

Voter turnout in this year's election was at 49.2 percent, down from 54 percent in 2009. He is the scion of a famous political dynasty and son of late former prime minister Omar Karame, who was an ally of Damascus.

Aoun said the preferential vote was necessary as voters would likely prefer some candidates on the list to others.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman lauded the exemplary democratic process in Lebanon, saying Tehran respects the vote of Lebanese people and will support any government that the Arab country's new parliament elects.

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Hariri explained that poor party performance and the new electoral law contributed to the defeat.

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