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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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U.N. Appeals for Stability in Lebanon after Vote

The United Nations on Monday urged Lebanon's politicians to act responsibly to protect Lebanon's stability following elections that saw Hizbullah and its allies make gains.

"We hope that all Lebanese political stakeholders will continue to act responsibly in the days following polling to protect Lebanon's stability, which should include the swift formation of a government," said U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

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Nasrallah: New Parliament Guarantee for 'Golden Equation'

Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Monday praised provisional parliamentary election results as a “guarantee” for the so-called “army-people-resistance equation.”

"This is a great political and moral victory for the resistance option that protects the sovereignty of the country," Nasrallah said in a televised address.

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Hariri Says Mustaqbal Defeated 'Elimination' Bid, Hits Back at Israeli Minister

Prime Minister Saad Hariri admitted Monday that his al-Mustaqbal Movement had lost a third of its seats in parliament following the country's first general election in nine years, while noting that it faced “a scheme to eliminate it from political life.”

Hariri said the results, which have not yet been officially announced, credit his movement with 21 of parliament's 128 seats, a drop from the 33 it controlled in the outgoing legislature.

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French Ambassador Urges Quick Government Formation

French Ambassador to Lebanon Bruno Foucher on Monday congratulated the Lebanese on “performing their national duty in the May 6, 2018 parliamentary elections.”

“These elections, the first since 2009, confirm the strength of Lebanese democracy,” Foucher said.

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