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    Hezbollah Declares Victory in Lebanon Vote

    Are they jumping the gun? While final tallies haven’t been released, the militant Shiite group has already declared itself the winner of Lebanon’s first general election since 2009. Hezbollah and its political allies are predicted to have won at least 67 out of 128 seats in the legislature. Hassan Nasrallah, the group’s leader, called the results of Sunday’s vote a “national achievement.” Experts predict that Prime Minister Saad Hariri — whose pro-Western Future Movement may have lost a third of its seats — will struggle to rein in Hezbollah’s influence.

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