Hezbollah wins majority in vote
Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group and its allies won a vast majority of seats in areas where they ran in local elections in eastern Lebanon, the group’s deputy leader said yesterday, a day after the vote took place. Meanwhile, the head of a local coalition of different political groups said it will most likely win the Beirut municipality. The municipal elections held on Sunday in only two areas of the country - the capital, Beirut, and the eastern Bekaa Valley region - were the first vote in Lebanon since 2010. The government has postponed Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, citing security concerns linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria. Lebanon’s parliament has failed to elect a president since May 2014 because of lack of quorum amid political disagreements. The turnout was low in Beirut - only 20 per cent, just slightly higher than the 18 per cent who voted in 2010.
BALLOT: People pictured voting at the local election in Beirut