Turnout down in Lebanese poll

Turnout down in Lebanese poll
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Party faithful celebrate first election for nine years in Lebanon as all sides await official results


Supporters of various Lebanese political parties were out celebrating as the polls closed on Sunday night in the country's first parliamentary election since 2009.

Tehran-backed Hezbollah is seeking to increase its parliamentary representation.

Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is frontrunner to keep his job and form a new coalition government but his Future Movement was widely expected to lose seats.

The first result of the poll was confirmation of the turnout put at 49.2 percent, that's down from 54 percent the last time legislative elections were held.

Who has won what in the 128 seat parliament should be known later today (May 7) or Tuesday.

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