May 16, 2022 12:35 UTC
  • Lebanese election turnout exceeds 41 percent, initial results show

Preliminary unofficial results show that in-country voter turnout in the Lebanese parliamentary election was 41.04 percent, with the final make-up of the 128-member parliament expected to emerge soon.

The turnout figure is lower than the 49 percent seen in the 2018 parliamentary election.

While votes are still being counted, initial results show that nine candidates of the electoral list titled “Hope and Loyalty”, which was announced by the alliance between Hezbollah and Amal movements, in addition to other parties, won a majority of votes in Baalbek-Hermel.

Supporters of the resistance movements took to the streets of the city to celebrate the news after the preliminary results came out.

Meanwhile, the Maronite seat in Baalbek-Hermel was won by the Lebanese Forces (LF) candidate, Antoine Habashi.

The LF Party was previously a militia group that emerged from the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990).

Reuters cited Antoinette Geagea, the head of the press office of the LF, as saying that the party won at least 20 seats, up from 15 in 2018.

The reported gains mean the LF could overtake the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), which is founded by President Michel Aoun, as the biggest Christian party in parliament.

Sayed Younes, the head of its electoral machine, told Reuters the FPM won up to 16 seats, down from 18 in 2018.

In Nabatieh City, three candidates of “Hope and Loyalty” won a majority of votes.

The vote came as the country has been rocked by an economic meltdown that the World Bank has blamed on the ruling class and the 2020 devastating port blast in the capital, Beirut.