The Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrilla organization rose magnificently - dangerously - in Lebanon's parliamentary elections this past Sunday, garnering a victory in at least eight of the 15 redrawn voting districts in the country.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said earlier on Monday that his party had lost a third of seats in the parliamentary elections, winning only 21 seats, down from the 33 it had been holding since the last time Lebanon elected a parliament in 2009. The pro-Hezbollah al-Akhbar newspaper Monday declared the election a "slap" for Hariri on its front page.
Hariri is therefore expected to remain as prime minister and form a coalition with other groups, including Hezbollah, for a unified government.
Nasrallah said that "resistance forces" - referring to his Iranian-backed movement and its allies in the country - have significant parliamentary presence now.
"We hope that every one Lebanese political stakeholders will proceed to behave responsibly within the days following polling to guard Lebanon's stability, which ought to embrace the swift formation of a authorities", stated United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
Hezbollah-backed winners include Jamil al-Sayyed, a retired Shi'ite general and former Lebanese intelligence chief who is a close friend of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to the unofficial results.
The anti-Hezbollah Christian party Lebanese Forces also appears to have done well in the election, with indications that they have nearly doubled their MPs from eight to 15. "The State of Israel will not distinguish between the sovereign state of Lebanon and Hezbollah and will hold Lebanon responsible for every action that comes out of its territory".
Hezbollah is considered a terrorist group by the USA, but its political wing has long held seats in Lebanon's parliament and was part of Lebanon's outgoing coalition government.
Six women of 86 women, who had registered to run for the 128-seat Parliament, won Sunday during Lebanon's polls held across the country.
Lebanon has usually been a scene the place the rivalry between the area's two heavyweights Iran and Saudi Arabia has performed out, however their political shoppers on this election appeared content material to keep up the established order.
Hypothetically, a continued alliance with FPM, which reportedly won 17 seats in Sunday's elections, could give Hezbollah and Amal "an absolute majority in parliament", Feghali said.
The post-election celebration by Hezbollah militants, who managed to hang their flag on a Rafiq Hariri statue, can only point to tough days ahead to unite a divided Lebanese population. "This is a democratic wedding, and as we said from the start, congratulations to whoever wins tonight", Machnouk, the interior minister who was a candidate on Hariri's list, said after casting his ballot in Beirut.
To complicate matters, tensions have been rising between Israel on the one hand and Iran and Hezbollah on the other hand.
In Lebanon, the prime minister must be Sunni due to the sectarian division of its government.