The militant Shiite group Hezbollah and its political allies have made significant gains in Lebanon's parliamentary election. With almost all the votes counted, the Iran-backed group has taken more than a third of the seats in parliament.
The Iran-backed Hezbollah group and allies won just over half the seats in Lebanon's first parliamentary election in nine years. The vote dealt a blow to Prime Minister Saad Hariri's legislative bloc.
Lebanese voters are to elect the country's first legislature since 2009. The election for control of the 128-strong parliament has been overshadowed by civil war in neighboring Syria.
Hezbollah emerged alarmingly strong from Lebanon's parliamentary elections, writes Kersten Knipp. The party is likely to aggravate tensions in the Middle East and take a whole country hostage with its policies.
Promising a non-sectarian and honest government, dozens of civil society candidates have entered Lebanon's parliamentary election fray. Who are they and can they mobilize young voters? Anchal Vohra finds out.
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