Worldwide

Hezbollah allies gain in Lebanon vote, underscoring Iran sway

Hezbollah allies gain in Lebanon vote, underscoring Iran sway”

The win has geopolitical implications because of concern in the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia about Iran's growing influence in the Middle East. Hariri would still have the largest Sunni bloc in parliament, facilitating his return as prime minister to form the next government despite the losses.

While Mr. Hariri appears to have mended his ties to the kingdom and its powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudis did not provide generous financial support for his campaign as they have in the past. "His ability to substantially tame or restrain Hezbollah is going to be very limited".

In a televised statement, Hariri said despite gains in Sidon, Tripoli, Beirut and Western Bekaa Valley, the Future Movement had only won 21 out of 128 parliamentary seats. Hezbollah has declared victory.

Both Hariri and the Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, were expected to speak later in the day.

The results will dismay not only Saudi Arabia.

The polls were held under a new law based on proportional representation that's meant to more accurately reflect Lebanon's complex sectarian demographics.

"This is a new law and voters were not familiar with it, nor were the heads of polling stations", he said.

At the time of the speech, Nasrallah of Lebanon, the CEC has not yet announced the final results of the election held on may 6, 2018, for the first time in the last nine years.

Consistent with the "nationwide pact" relationship from independence in 1943, the president should be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim and the parliament speaker a Shiite.

More news: The FIBA Basketball World Cup Is Starting, Can Someone Stop Team USA?

"The biggest swing vote will be President Aoun's group, which will move among the other blocs".

Three tactics were used by Hezbollah and its allies to wipe out once and for all the movement that opposed them.

Turnout was more than 49.2%, down from the already disappointing 54.8% recorded in 2009.

Wissam Shqifi, 44, another Hezbollah critic, said the group's intervention in Syria "is an aggression on another country".

According to early results, only two independent candidates appear to have been elected in Beirut.

The number of Hezbollah lawmakers in the 128-seat parliament may not increase but astute pre-electoral tactics have secured it enough allies to withstand political challenges on strategic issues. But Hariri will be further constrained in what he can do by Hezbollah, said analysts, which will complicate Western policy toward Lebanon, a recipient of major US and European aid. However, the assessments in Lebanon are that Hariri has the best chance of forming a government.

Hundreds of its fighters have been killed and wounded while fighting in Syria, an intervention that Hezbollah says was necessary to protect Lebanon from the Sunni militants that proliferated across the border in the chaos of Syria's civil war.

A member of the Israeli government said that the preliminary results confirmed the Israeli government's perception; that Lebanon and Hezbollah were equals.

Branded a terrorist group by the United States, heavily armed Shi'ite Hezbollah has grown in strength since joining the war in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad in 2012.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


09 May 2018
Buddy Murphy Takes On Mustafa Ali, Tag Team Action
Ali rolls him in and covers, but a nearfall after Ali didn't roll him far enough in and Murphy gets his foot on the bottom rope. Back elbow and Ali looks for a tornado DDT, but Murphy catches him and hammerlocks until Ali lets go of the guillotine.

09 May 2018
Electronic Arts reports FY18 financial results
Under the program announced today, EA can buy stock in the open market or through privately negotiated deals. This program supersedes and replaces the stock repurchase program announced in May 2017.

09 May 2018
Mourinho: Messi and Ronaldo make their nations contenders
And they have an attack with Willian, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus... all players with exceptional qualities. And current United boss Mourinho believes Portugal have a chance with Ronaldo in the side.

09 May 2018
Wayne Hummer Investments LLC Cuts Position in NextEra Energy (NEE)
Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of NextEra Energy from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. The firm has a market cap of $77,252.58, a PE ratio of 24.49, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.42 and a beta of 0.23.

09 May 2018
Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 revealed
The external look of the V600 is further distinguished by bespoke centre-lock forged and machined aluminium wheels. Delivering 600bhp, the model was one of the most powerful sports cars of its time, a auto of extremes.

09 May 2018
New Nokia 6 (2018) 4GB RAM Variant to Launch in India Soon!
On top of the display, there's a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3, protecting the display from minor scratches. The device is powered by a 2.2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor along with Adreno 508 GPU.

09 May 2018
Jürgen Klopp should be applauded for condemning Mohamed Salah dive
And, while Hughton has great admiration for both men, he thinks Belgium worldwide De Bruyne just has the edge. Too many managers are too soft on their players, forgiving their excesses, so Klopp...

09 May 2018
In major win, Indian banks can seize Mallya's global assets
Mallya has told Indian Courts that he is unable to appear before them despite "best intentions" as his passport has been revoked. Mallya's lawyers now have the opportunity to appeal the decision to the Court of Appeals, the second highest court in the UK.

09 May 2018
Lebanon's PM Hariri: New electoral law allowed parties to commit violations
To complicate matters, tensions have been rising between Israel on the one hand and Iran and Hezbollah on the other hand. Hariri acknowledged the losses at a news conference in Beirut on Monday, but said "it's not the end of the world".

09 May 2018
Round Apple Watch could be on the way, according to awarded patent
The patent itself is for technology developed to combat the challenges that come with a circular frame and smart technology. Apple was granted a patent for a round display that is likely intended for the Apple wearable.