Election result are in from Lebanon, and the pro-Western “March 14” parties are the big winner:
The March 14 alliance clinched around 70 out of 128 seats, maintaining its majority in parliament after defeating the Hizbullah-led alliance in Sunday’s crucial elections.
Celebrations broke out in several cities as television stations began airing preliminary results.The opposition confirmed defeat.
“We have lost the election,” said a senior politician close to the March 8 alliance. “We accept the result as the will of the people.”
More from Middle East News (via Monsters and Critics):
Beirut – Lebanon’s Western-backed majority parties celebrated Sunday after winning a crucial parliamentary election that pitted them against the Hezbollah-led opposition.
A close aide of majority alliance head Saad Hariri told the German Press Agency dpa: ‘So far we will have at least 70 seats in the 128- member parliament, and the majority is back to rule.’
Shortly after initial results were out, cars carrying the flags of the majority alliance cruised the streets of the capital, Beirut, their occupants chanting ‘God bless Hariri and the ruling majority.’
In the main Christian area of Ashrafiyeh, followers of the ruling majority gathered at the main square of the area and started dancing in the streets.
Photo of celebrations in Christian section of Beirut (AFP via Al-Jazeera):
Hizbullah MP Mohammed Raad warned the March 14 coalition on Monday that the group’s weapons were not a subject open to discussion.
“The majority must commit not to question our role as a resistance party, the legitimacy of our weapons arsenal and the fact that Israel is an enemy state,” Raad told Agence France Presse.
He warned that the outcome of Sunday’s vote signaled further political turbulence.
“The results indicate that the crisis will continue, unless the majority changes its attitude,” said Raad, an MP who kept his seat in the new parliament. (AFP)