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Lebanese election turnout was 49.2 percent – minister

Hezbollah supporters drove through the streets of Baalbeck in a convoy of cars, decked out with the group’s flags and photos of Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

The turnout in Lebanon’s parliamentary election was 49.2 percent, down from 54 percent the last time legislative elections were held nine years ago, interior Minister Nohad Machnouk said.

Parliamentary candidate Bahiya al-Hariri – sister of late Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri – praised the turnout in Lebanon’s Sidon, where supporters of Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s Future Movement party cheered and danced.

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