Hezbollah and Allies Triumph in Lebanese Elections

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Hezbollah and Allies Triumph in Lebanese Elections

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Lebanese parliamentary elections didn't turn out the way Washington and Israel wanted.

The May 6 general election was the first in nine years. Results were as follows:

Hezbollah and its allies won a 67-seat majority of parliament's 128 seats – equally divided between Muslims and Christians. 

The Hezbollah-linked broadsheet Al-Akbhar headlined "The Slap," featuring a dour-looking Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Iran's Tasnim news agency headlined "Lebanese election result puts an end to Hariri's monopoly among Sunnis."

His Future Movement alliance lost a third of its seats, yet remains the largest parliamentary Sunni bloc. He'll likely remain prime minister, considerably weakened post-election.

For the first time, a proportionally representative system was in place, replacing the winn
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