(Persia Digest) – Although the Lebanese parliamentary election results have not been finalized, but it seems none of the parties have an absolute majority in parliament and must form a coalition with other factions in order to decide the election of the parliament speaker and prime minister, give the new cabinet the vote of confidence, and other issues requiring a two-thirds majority vote.
However, the Shia coalition, the Lebanese Hezbollah Alliance, and the Amal Movement, were able to secure seats for 26 Shia parliamentary deputies along with their allies from other tribes.
This faction, therefore, has the power to shut down key decisions such as the appointment of a president who needs a two-thirds majority vote.
Hezbollah Secretary General, Hassan Nasrallah, called the outcome of the elections a new political victory for resistance, saying: "Our set targets were attained in the elections."
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s al-Mustaqbal party lost 12 seats, from 33 to 21. Following the announcement of the results, Saad al-Hariri said he expected better results for the al-Mustaqbal party.
The Free Patriotic Movement supported by Michel Aoun and led by the Lebanese Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, have retained the same number of 20 seats.
The Lebanese Forces affiliated with Samir Geagea is the other victorious party in these elections, gaining 7 seats for a total of 15 seats.
Although The Free Patriotic Movement lost seats, but the Progressive Socialist Party or PSP and the Druze kept their nine seats in Parliament. The Kataeb Party suffered the most losses and kept only three seats.
Therefore, out of the 128 parliamentary seats, 67 belong to the 8 March group (Hezbollah and its allies), 38 to 14 March group (al-Mustaqbal and its allies), and 23 seats go to independent groups. Al-Mustaqbal and Saad Hariri are supported by Saudi Arabia and the West. Hezbollah is an Iranian ally in the Lebanon.
The elections took place on Sunday 6 May 2018 for the first time in nine years, with a 5-year delay. Around 600 candidates from 77 parties and coalitions raced for 128 seats in the Lebanese Parliament.