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Bassil Says 'Change' Has Begun in Chouf-Aley after 4 Seats Won

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil announced Tuesday that “change” has started in the Mount Lebanon regions of Chouf and Aley, the bastion of Druze leader MP Walid Jumblat, after an FPM-led coalition managed to clinch four seats in the region in the parliamentary elections.

“We will together be in the Strong Lebanon bloc, in order to back the presidency and Mount Lebanon, support the restoration of rights for Christians and Druze in Mt. Lebanon, and revive prosperity and development in Mt. Lebanon,” Bassil said after meeting Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan, with whom the FPM allied in the Chouf-Aley electoral district.

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Hizbullah Arsenal Seen as Safe after Parliamentary Vote

With its rivals weakened and its allies enjoying a stronger position than ever after Lebanon's parliamentary elections, Hizbullah will seek a stamp of state legitimacy for its long-controversial weapons arsenal.

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Five New Faces to Follow in New Parliament

Lebanon's first general election this decade has yielded its crop of new faces -- not necessarily new names -- entering parliament for the first time. Here are brief profiles of some of them:

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Lebanon's Winning Women: Six Females Voted into Parliament

Lebanon's new parliament will include six female lawmakers across the country, up from just four in the 2009-era parliament with several fresh faces.

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Iran Hails Hizbullah 'Victory' in Lebanon Elections

A senior Iranian official on Tuesday hailed the "victory" of Hizbullah in Lebanese elections as a success in the "fight against Israel" and the United States, the state broadcaster reported.

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Bassil Says FPM to Have Biggest Bloc in Parliament

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, the head of President Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement, has announced that the FPM won at least 29 seats in parliamentary elections, making it the largest bloc in the assembly.

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Daryan: Those who Violated Beirut Security Must be Held Accountable

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan on Tuesday called for holding accountable “all those who violated Beirut's security,” after a wave of post-electoral security disturbances in the capital.

“The security of Lebanon and the Lebanese is the responsibility of the army and security forces, and such acts that insult Beirut and its residents should not be repeated,” Daryan said during a visit to Abu Dhabi.

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Outsiders in Lebanon Vote Make a Small Win Look Big

They won just one seat in Lebanon's 128-seat national assembly, but they celebrated like they'd won 20. A grassroots movement of activists, journalists and other political newcomers said any presence in parliament was a landmark victory for its campaign against patronage in an era when politics is run as a family business.

Candidates and volunteers gathered at a Beirut shisha cafe erupted in cheers Sunday night when the first positive forecasts came in for the largest outsider campaign in recent memory — waged under the banner, "We are all Patriots," or "Kollouna Watani" in Arabic.

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Berri, Hariri Slam Beirut 'Security Chaos' as Army Deploys

The army deployed Monday evening across the capital Beirut, after the Aisha Bakkar area and other neighborhoods witnessed post-elections security incidents.

The National News Agency said “gunmen on motorbikes raised partisan flags on the monument of Martyr Premier Rafik Hariri in the St. Georges area before moving to Aisha Bakkar, where they attacked a number of vehicles and opened fire without causing casualties.”

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Mashnouq Announces 'Final Yet Incomplete' Election Results

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq on Monday announced “final yet incomplete” results of the parliamentary elections that were held on Sunday, noting that the results of the Akkar district are yet to be officially released.

“These results are final but incomplete and unofficial seeing as the Akkar results have not been completed and they do not carry the signature of the relevant authority,” Mashnouq said at a press conference.

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