Hezbol­lah wins ma­jor­ity in vote

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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

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