Hariri's Future Movement picked up only 21 seats this election, whereas in the last round of parliamentary elections the bloc picked up 33 seats and held a previous anti-Hezbollah coalition known as the "March 14 Alliance", supported by Saudi Arabia. The prime minister said on Monday the worldwide community should look at the results of Lebanon's election in a "very positive way".
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called the vote "a great political and moral victory for the resistance option that protects the sovereignty of the country".
As a result, Hariri's team only got five out of 11 seats in Beirut, with four going to Hezbollah allies, one to the Social Progressive Party of Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, and one to a notable newcomer, independent Beiruti millionaire Fouad Makhzoumi.
The unofficial tally in the first parliamentary elections in nine years indicated sharp losses for Western-backed Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.
Hezbollah and groups and individuals affiliated to it secured at least 67 seats, according to a Reuters calculation based on preliminary results for almost all the seats that were obtained from politicians and campaigns and reported in Lebanese media.
The election was held under that law adopted a year ago, which was expected to give Hezbollah a majority in parliament.
The prime minister also said that the worldwide community should look at the results of Lebanon's election in a "very positive way".
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The official results of the election are expected to be available by the end of Monday. Of the 3.8 million Lebanese citizens who were registered to vote, some 800,000 cast their ballots for the first time at the 6,800 polling stations.
Enhanced Hezbollah sway over Lebanon will likely alarm the United States, which arms and trains the Lebanese army.
Sunday's vote saw 583 candidates, including a record number of 86 women, compete for 128 seats in parliament: 64 allocated to Muslims and 64 to Christians.
'The State of Israel will not differentiate between the sovereign State of Lebanon and Hezbollah, and will view Lebanon as responsible for any action from within its territory'.
Turnout was 49.2 percent, according to officials.
"Speaking as a college student, we need jobs, we need more respect, we need to be cured, we need to be helped, we hoped to have everything new, everything better than before", Jalal Bukhari, a 23-year-old college student, told Xinhua at the polling station in the Omar Fakhuri Primary School in southern Beirut, the capital.
One of the main changes in this election is a complex voting system that introduces a degree of proportional representation which has allowed smaller parties to contend. Hardcore Syrian allies that were elected on Sunday include former security chief Jamil Sayyed, former deputy parliament speaker Elie Firzly and former Defence Minister Abdul-Rahim Murad.
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Faisal Karami, the son of the late pro-Syrian Prime Minister Omar Karami, won a seat for the first time.
Among the Christians, the right-wing Lebanese Forces party did particularly well, appearing to nearly double its number of seats from eight to 15.
"The biggest swing vote will be President Aoun's group, which will move among the other blocs".
He said now there are a lot of problems in the chaotic Middle East, so the peaceful Lebanese election sets a good example for achieving new changes and reconciliation not in military ways, but in political ways.
Mr Hariri blamed the reduced turnout on the complexities of the new electoral law.
"The problem with this election was a lot of people didn't understand it", he said.
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