Hezbollah, the Allies have lost their majority in the Lebanese parliament

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Beirut – The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and its affiliates have lost their parliamentary majority since 2018, according to the final results of the Lebanese election released on Tuesday. Hezbollah’s most vocal opponents and more than a dozen independents have gained ground, the results show.

The Hezbollah-led coalition has won 61 seats in the 128-member legislature, less than 10 since the last vote four years ago.

The Nationalist Christian Lebanese Forces Party, led by Samir Gegera, one of the fiercest critics of Hezbollah and its Iranian supporters, has emerged as the biggest winner. Another big winner is Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, whose group has won eight seats to compete.

Lebanese forces now have the largest bloc in parliament with 19 seats, replacing Hezbollah, the main Christian ally of the Free Patriotic Movement, founded by President Michel Aoun. The movement now has 17 seats, three less than in the previous election.

Despite the setbacks, Hezbollah and its main Shiite ally, parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri’s Amal Group, retained the 27 seats allocated to the Shia community.

Hezbollah’s allies, who have close ties to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have suffered the most, including Deputy Speaker of Parliament Eli Ferzali, Druze politician Talal Arslan, who has held the seat for three decades, Assad Hardan and Faisal Karami, son of the late Prime Minister Omar Karami.

Independents and newcomers, including the 2019 protest movement, won 14 seats. This is a great achievement considering that they went to the polls fragmented and faced intimidation and threats from the mainstream parties.

Their demonstration sends a strong message to ruling class politicians who have retained their seats despite the economic downturn that has impoverished the country and triggered the biggest wave of emigration since the 1975-90 civil war.

Sunday’s parliamentary elections were the first since Lebanon’s economic downturn began in late 2019. Government factions have done virtually nothing to counter the collapse, leaving Lebanese people to fend for themselves without falling into poverty without electricity, medicine, garbage collection or any other sign. Of normal life.

The vote was the first to hit the port of Beirut in August 2020, killing more than 200 people, injuring thousands and damaging parts of the capital.

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