Hezbollah allies gain in Lebanon vote, underscoring Iran sway

Hezbollah allies gain in Lebanon vote, underscoring Iran swayBy Tom Perry, Laila Bassam and Ellen Francis BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hezbollah and its political allies won just over half the seats in Lebanon’s parliamentary election, unofficial results showed, boosting an Iranian-backed movement fiercely opposed to Israel and underlining Tehran’s growing regional clout. Hezbollah’s leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, called it a “political and moral victory” for the “resistance”, as the group refers to itself and allies. Branded a terrorist group by the United States, the heavily armed Shi’ite Hezbollah has grown in strength since joining the war in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad in 2012.



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