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>> Hezbollah and its political allies have won just over half the seats in Lebanon's parliamentary election.>>
> The result has also not gone down well in neighboring Israel.
That's because it's reliant on military help from the US, which brands Hezbollah a terrorist group. And it's also hoping to secure billions of dollars in aids and loans from the international community in order to revive its stagnant economy.>>
A security cabinet minister tweeted on Monday that Israel should not distinguish between the Lebanese state and Hezbollah in any future war. Hezbollah has secured at least 67 seats in Lebanon's 128 seat parliament, according to a Reuter's calculation based on the preliminary results. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who's Saudi-backed anti-Hezbolla alliance won majority at the last election in 2009, looks to have lost a third of his seats.
This pro-Hezbollah newspaper called that result a slap. But Hariri is still likely to form the next government, because Lebanon's power sharing system dictates that the country's Prime Minister must be a Sunni Muslim.