Hezbollah and Lebanese allies lose parliamentary majority

Pro-reform candidates get at least 13 seats

17 May, 15:19

    Lebanese Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi announces the final results for some districts in Lebanese parliamentary elections Lebanese Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi announces the final results for some districts in Lebanese parliamentary elections

    BEIRUT - The Shia armed party Hezbollah and its Lebanese allies have lost their majority in parliament, according to the official results of the legislative elections in Lebanon.

    Pro-reform candidates have won at least 13 seats.

    According to the final results published on Tuesday morning by the Lebanese interior ministry, Hezbollah and its Shia ally Amal strengthened their positions in their strongholds but the Iran-linked coalition lost its 70-seat majority that it had won in the 2018 vote.

    The coalition now holds 65 seats.

    The defeat of the pro-Hezbollah front due to a loss of votes for the Free Patriotic Movement, a Maronite Christian political party under Michel Aoun and his son-in-law Gibran Bassil.

    Lebanese Christians shifted their votes to a rival Christian party with close ties to Saudi Arabia, the Lebanese Forces under Maronite Christian leader Samir Geagea.

    A group of 13 new MPs, representing various sections of the protest movement of 2019 and 2020, has gained in parliament.

    Local analysts say that this group of MPs is unlikely to be able to form a shared front against the dominant elite.

    Faced with the defeat of some well-known local candidates close to the Syrian government and for decades in parliament, 16 MPs said to be "independents" have been elected. However, each of them represents a local power that are seen as easily co-opted by traditional parties.

    The feudal political clans of the Jumblat (Druze from Mount Lebanon) and the Jemayel (Maronites from Mount Lebanon) have maintained their positions, while their rivals of the Frangie (Maronites from the north) lost a seat compared with the elections four years ago.

    Turnout was rather low at 41%, compared with the 2018 vote.

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