According to official results announced by Lebanon’s interior minister on Tuesday, the Lebanese group Hezbollah and its allies lost their majority in the 128-seat parliament following this weekend’s general elections.
The final election results announced by Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi showed that no party has secured the 64 seats necessary to form the government.
The Lebanese Forces Party, which is an opponent of Hezbollah, gained ground by securing 20 seats, up from only 15 in the outgoing parliament.
Meanwhile, Kataeb Party, a Christian faction led by Samy Gemayel, also increased its number of lawmakers in the parliament from three to five.
The Progressive Socialist Party led by Druze politician Walid Jumblatt won nine seats in Sunday’s vote, the Christian Independence Movement won two seats, while the Christian National Liberal Party won only one seat.
The Hezbollah group, which is defined as being close to the Syrian regime and Iran, increased its votes slightly, but its allies either lost votes or could not enter the parliament.
Mawlawi told reporters that voter turnout in the elections reached 41 percent, down from over 49 percent in the 2018 elections.
Since the 2020 Beirut port explosion that killed more than 200 people, injured thousands and destroyed much of the capital Beirut, Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections on Sunday.