Lebanon Election: According to the results of Sunday’s election, the Iran-backed Shia Muslim Hezbollah movement and its allies have lost their majority in Lebanon’s parliament. The bloc’s candidates got 62 of the 128 seats available, three fewer than it required.
President Michel Aoun’s Christian Free Patriotic Movement lost popularity, while Hezbollah kept its seats. The Lebanese Forces, a competing Christian party with close ties to Saudi Arabia, gained seats, and independent candidates pledging reforms won 13 seats.
However, due to the lack of a clear winner and Lebanon’s strict power-sharing political structure, the chances of meaningful change remain slim. The election was the first after a countrywide revolt against a corrupt and inefficient political class in 2019. The commencement of one of the world’s greatest economic depressions in more than 150 years spurred huge protests.
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Approximately 80% of Lebanon’s population now lives in poverty, and food, gasoline, and medical supplies are in limited supply. The coronavirus outbreak, as well as a devastating explosion at Beirut’s port in 2020, which killed over 200 people, have compounded the country’s woes.
Politicians have frequently neglected to provide evidence, causing the investigation into who was responsible to languish. The Hezbollah-led group in parliament, which includes the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) and Speaker Nabih Berri’s Shia Amal movement, won 71 seats in the 2018 election.
In Sunday’s election, Hezbollah and Amal’s candidates retained the 27 seats designated to Shia Muslims, but several old allies suffered unexpected setbacks. The FPM gained 17 seats, down from 20 in the last parliament, according to the L’Orient Today news site, while the Lebanese Forces (LF) won 19, up from 15, making it the largest Christian party.
Samir Geagea, the LF’s leader, was one of Lebanon’s most feared warlords during the 19751990 civil war and is a harsh opponent of Hezbollah’s military might. He has stated that Lebanon’s problems require a “fundamental transformation in leadership.
“According to the BBC’s Anna Foster in Beirut, the LF’s advances might influence the election of a new president by MPs later this year, who must be a Christian under the sectarian power-sharing system. Our correspondent adds that the triumphs of independent candidates and nonaligned parties were also notable.
The Hezbollah allied Druze politician Talal Arslan was defeated in the central Aley district by Marc Daou of the Taqaddom party, who ran on a reform platform. In the south, a Hezbollah stronghold, Elias Jradi of the Together Towards Change list defeated Assaad Hardan of the Hezbollah allied Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party for an Orthodox Christian seat.
“What we are dealing through cannot tolerate arguing at the price of priorities,” Prime Minister Najib Mikati encouraged newly elected MPs to rapidly agree on the makeup of the next government, which he intends to lead. Negotiating a bailout agreement with the International Monetary Fund and drafting legislation to assist the economy recover would be its top priorities.
Hezbollah will still have enormous power in the next parliament, according to our source, but it may have to do more negotiating and make more concessions to get its way.She adds that much of the violent group’s power derives from outside the political system, and that little will change in the daily lives of those who live in its strongholds.