Lebanon Elections: Hezbollah Loses Majority in Parliament

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    The Facts

    • The Iran-backed Shia'a militant group, Hezbollah, has lost its majority in parliament in Lebanon's elections. Previously, Hezbollah and its allies won 71 seats in the last elections of 2018.

    • Lebanon headed to the polls on Sun. for the country's first elections since the 2019 "Oct. 17 Revolution" and beginning of its economic crisis, with 128 seats in Parliament up for grabs.


    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    The Lebanese people have shown that they're fed up with Hezbollah's continued dominance over their country. Now that Hezbollah and its allies have lost their majority in parliament, the country's future may become brighter.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    The Free Patriotic Movement losses are due to American and Israeli interference. The West and its allies are fighting to keep a toe-hold in the Middle East and sought to undermine Lebanon's sovereignty by supporting opposition groups and the Lebanese Forces.

    Cynical narrative

    Though Sunday's elections present some real hope that Lebanon's corrupt political regime may change, the election itself will not have much of an impact on the country's current political and economic situation. Established political parties are far too entrenched and the corruption runs too deep for change to occur overnight, but at least the ball is now finally rolling.


    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

    PRO

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