Lebanon's Interior Ministry on Tuesday announced the country’s general election results.

Iran PressMiddle East: The pro-Hezbollah bloc secured 58 seats, fewer than the 65 seats needed to secure a majority, and down from 71 in the previous parliament.

The Free Patriotic Movement, a Hezbollah ally, is no longer the country’s largest Christian parliamentary bloc, winning 18 seats in Sunday’s elections, compared with 20 for its the United States and Saudi Arabia-backed rival the Lebanese Forces, Al Jazeera reported.

16 independent candidates broke into parliament, a 15-seat increase compared with the 2018 elections.

For the first time in decades, the elections took place without the country’s largest Sunni party, the Future Movement.

Its leader, former prime minister Saad Hariri, stepped down from politics earlier this year. Some of his supporters endorsed the boycott, while some of his allies quit the party to take part in the elections.


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