Lebanon confirms Hizb Allah wins

Hizb Allah and its Shia Muslim allies have swept south Lebanon's elections by a landslide, according to Beirut's interior minister.

    Hizb Allah says results will prove to the US its popular mandate

    Hassan Sabei said the alliance of Hizb Allah and the Shia Amal had won, by a wide margin, all 17 of the contested seats.

    The ticket had already been declared the winner of six other seats in the south where there were no challengers.

    Sunday's vote increased Hizb Allah's legislators in south Lebanon from four to five.

    The Islamist organisation had already won a seat in Beirut in the first round of Lebanon's staggered elections that began on 29 May.

    Message to America

    The group hopes its victory will prove its strength and send a message of defiance to the United States amid international pressure on the group to disarm.

    Mohammed Fneish, a successful Hizb Allah candidate, attracted the highest number of votes on Sunday, taking 154,056 votes.

    His tally surpassed parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri, the leader of Amal, by about 1000 votes.

    The vote across the south was so lopsided that the losers, a range of communists and independents, received little more than one-tenth of the votes taken by the winners.

    Among the losers was Anwar Yassin, a communist ex-guerrilla who spent 17 years in Israel jail before he was freed in a prisoner swap last year.

    He received 18,450 votes.

    The parliamentary elections in Lebanon, which run until 19 June, are the first national polls to be conducted since Syria withdrew all its troops from Lebanon in April.

    SOURCE: Agencies


     How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    Ninety-nine years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    In the rundown Pedion Areos Park, older men walk slowly by young asylum seekers before agreeing on a price for sex.

    Coca-Cola: Red-and-whitewashing the empire

    Coca-Cola: Red-and-whitewashing the empire

    Capitalism's flagship company has been working tirelessly for over a century to disguise the reality of US imperialism.