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BEIRUT (Reuters) - An anti-Syrian coalition, known as "March 14," defeated the "March 8" alliance composed of Hezbollah and its allies in Lebanon's parliamentary election on Sunday, politicians on both sides said.
Hezbollah is a surprisingly efficient organization, despite the fact that it is many things at once. It is the dominant Shiite political party and a strong opposition voice inside and outside parliament. It also acts as an army: resisting Israeli occupation from 1982 to 2000 and fighting Israel to a draw in 2006; receiving arms, training, and financing from Iran; and serving as a military proxy for Iran and Syria.
It provides hospitals, schools, and social services in Shiite areas of the country. In many ways, Hezbollah acts as a state-within-a-state — sharing power with other groups in the government, but maintaining its own army, finances, and foreign policy. This is Hezbollah's preferred mode of operation: benefiting from the cover of the legitimate multicommunal Lebanese republic, while maintaining enough military and political influence to be left alone.
Hezbollah also knows that an outright electoral victory might make Israel less hesitant to attack; in such a case, Lebanon's Western friends, supportive of the March 14 coalition, might not help it. Nasrallah has intimated that in such a circumstance, he would turn to Iran for military and economic support, which would trigger negative reactions from the United States, numerous European countries, and Sunni Arab countries.
Michel Aoun, a former military chief and leader of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), which is allied to Hezbollah, conceded on Lebanon's OTV that his party's candidates had been defeated. The win by the March 14 coalition had been by no means certain and it was thought the elections would be decided in Christian districts where Aoun's candidates challenged other Christian competitors allied to the March 14 camp.
News Middle East March 14 bloc wins Lebanon vote Even before the official results were out, March 14 supporters began to celebrate [AFP] Official results have confirmed the victory of Lebanon's March 14 coalition over the opposition Hezbollah-led alliance in the country's parliamentary elections. Ziad Baroud, the interior minister, announced the figures on Monday, confirming what had already been predicted by the country's newspapers. The results showed the Sunni-led March 14 coalition, led by Saad Hariri, the son of Rafiq Hariri, the assassinated former prime minister, winning 71 seats in the 128-seat parliament, while the Hezbollah-led alliance took 57. Even before the official results were out, the March 14 coalition, named for the date of a protest that prompted the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon, declared victory, prompting street celebrations among its supporters. Prospects for veto James Bays, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Beirut, said two areas needed to be examined by Lebanon's political parties in the wake of the result. "First, is the idea of a veto [over cabinet decisions] for Hezbollah and its allies if they were to join a new government of national unity," he said. "That [veto] has existed for the last year, since violent clashes in Beirut last year led to a unity deal between political parties in Doha [the Qatari capital]. "If Hezbollah joins a new unity government they would like that veto retained - but March 14 have said that the people have spoken ... and that they need to govern. The other issue is that of who will become prime minister in any new government, Bays said.
BEIRUT – A pro-Western coalition won Lebanon's parliamentary elections Monday, dealing a major setback to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and giving a boost to Barack Obama's Middle East peace policy. Coming just days after the American president reached out to the Muslim world, the vote undercuts the most militant force in Lebanese politics. It was the first major political test in the Middle East since Obama's groundbreaking address last week, in which he challenged the Islamic world to confront violent extremism and urged Israel and the Arabs to find common ground to establish peace.
Congratulations also came from the U.N. and Arab League chiefs and the leaders of France, Egypt and Jordan. Israel, which warned ahead of the elections that a Hezbollah victory could further destabilize the Middle East, appeared relieved. "There was an election in Lebanon and the moderate camp won. This is definitely a positive sign," Defense Minister Ehud Barak said. "But the real proof will be ... in the government's ability to enforce order and prevent Hezbollah from continuing military actions in southern Lebanon and throughout Lebanon."
Originally posted by Badfuture
This is a real shame for Hezbollah, who will help Palestine now?
I guess if you have the U.S. Backing you, you can just ride roughshot over Palestine, with no payback.
The OP is obviously pro israel, just to let you know, in Europe we are all appalled with israel and have been for many years and I for one hope Hezbollah rise up again to provide some balance for those poor people in Palestine.
Originally posted by mrmonsoon
Now that they were removed for the government, now the next move is to disarm and remove them.
The US should provide any and all "non-weapon" resources to aid Lebanon in this.
I mean satellite tracking.....
A big congrats to Lebanon for getting rid of terrorist's in their government, the same terrorists that stated two devastating wars with Israel.
Official results released a day after Lebanon's hotly-contested parliamentary election have confirmed the pro-Western coalition has held on to its majority.
Interior Minister Ziad Baroud confirmed the 14 March coalition of Saad Hariri had won 71 seats in the 128-member body, one more than four years ago.
Hassan Nasrallah, head of militant movement Hezbollah, said he accepted the outcome.
But Hassan Nasrallah said he accepted the outcome - in which the Hezbollah-led bloc won 58 seats.
"I would like to congratulate all those who won, those in the majority and those in the opposition," he said.
A possible victory for Hezbollah, which is supported by Syria and Iran, had caused jitters among Western governments, and the US was threatening to withdraw its aid package to Lebanon.
Originally posted by mrmonsoon
They were removed, voted out because the people of Lebanon are sick of those terrorists causing wars and distroying their country.
There is no rigging as you claim, removing armed terrorists, or at least their arms is necessary for peace, clearly the people of Lebanon see what you don't or can't.
You are so painfully ignorant on the next point it hurts.
England gave the land to the UN.
The UN created modern Israel.
(read a history book dude, seriously)
You even accidently told the truth, Hezbolla are the lapdogs of Iran and Syria.
They don't care one bit about the people in Lebanon.
They only care about their suicidal drive to kill all jews
they don't care who dies or what is destroyed in their animal move to murder.
The only thing Hezbolla has achieved is the destruction of large parts of Lebanon.
Originally posted by StellarX
It was not England's land to give to anyone but to those they originally took it from ( meaning the people who lived there) so yes, strange that you support those who stole the land over those who are still fighting to hand on to the last bits of it.
Originally posted by mrmonsoon
reply to post by masonwatcher
Lebanon may not, unfortunately for them...
The muslim terrorists hezbolla do attack other countries and has caused two devastating wars for Lebanon.
The sooner they get removed, the sooner peace will rein for the people of Lebanon.