Top parties seek to protect monopoly as Lebanon votes

Lebanon celebrates its first parliamentary election on Sunday in nine years

The results, which are more or less expected to match the official count, show that Hariri, a Sunni politician with close ties to Saudi Arabia, has so far lost five seats in Beirut, once considered his party's stronghold.

Senior political leaders, including Hariri himself and Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk whose task it was to supervise the vote, admitted that new voting rules tested for the first time had been perplexing for the electorate.

Without this, Lebanon will remain controlled by the current political equation.

In Zahle, Lebanon's third largest city, the predominantly Sunni Muslim Future Movement joined forces under one list with traditional political opponents, the Christian-Maronite Free Patriotic Movement, founded by the country's president, Michel Aoun.

It is designated a terrorist group by Western states and Israel, with which it fought a war in 2006, and several of its members are accused of being behind the 2005 assassination of Mr Hariri's father Rafik - himself a former Lebanese prime minister.

The prime minister admitted that he had hoped for a stronger showing but said he remained happy with the result, which contrasts with the expected gains made by the rival camp led by the Shiite group Hezbollah. Both Hariri and the Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, were expected to speak later in the day.

The next political phase in the country begins with the election of a parliament speaker, and then the naming of a president responsible for the formation of the government.

For lack of a better Sunni alternative, President Aoun will probably call on him to create the new cabinet, but he will be much weaker than he was before, deprived of the lion's share of seats in Parliament.

The staunchly anti-Hezbollah Lebanese Forces, a Christian party, appears to have emerged as a big victor, almost doubling its MPs to 15 from eight, according to the unofficial indications.

Other regional dynamics affected the vote.

Debt ratings agencies had stressed the importance of Lebanon going ahead with the election after parliament had extended its term several times.

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Despite the emergence of independent groups participating in the vote on anti-establishment platforms, some Lebanese expressed deep scepticism their efforts would succeed. The Progressive Socialist Party headed by MP Walid Jumblatt maintained its parliamentary majority after most of its candidates won in their various constituencies. Jumblatt stepped aside for his son Taymour Jumblatt in this election, but still largely controls the party.

The preliminary results show at least one candidate from a civil society list - journalist Paula Yaacoubian - won a seat in the capital Beirut, an area traditionally monopolized by established political parties.

However, Haddad's seat was taken away from her in dramatic fashion, with election officials claiming an error had seen her declared victor.

Joumanna Haddad is interviewed at a protest outside the interior ministry in Beirut, 7 May, 2018.

"Where did the second one disappear to?"

Turnout for the polls was disappointing.

In 2013, elections were postponed for security reasons and again in 2014 and 2017 as politicians disagreed on the particulars of a new electoral system.

This did not translate into widespread enthusiasm for the electoral process, however, with voter turnout standing at just under 50 per cent.

Hariri explained that poor party performance and the new electoral law contributed to the defeat.

"The problem with this election was a lot of people didn't understand it", he said.

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