Lebanon election: Landslide victory for Hariri son list
Candidates led by the son of slain ex-premier Rafik al-Hariri won all parliamentary seats in Beirut in Lebanon's general election on Sunday, a government source said. "The count is nearly over and it's a landslide for Hariri's list," said the source, according to Reuters.
Earlier, nine on Hariri's ticket have already won by default because there were no challengers.
According to The AP, poll stations opened at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT) in three districts in the Lebanese capital, which votes first in the elections, and eligible voters -- Beiruti men and women over the age of 21 -- began arriving at polling stations across the city. According to official figures, there are 420,000 eligible voters in Beirut.
Polls closed at 6 p.m. (1500 GMT). Others regions vote on the next consecutive Sundays.
More than 100 foreign observers from the European Union and the United Nations will be watching the process for irregularities.
Saad Hariri took over his father's political role in April, two months after his father's assassination in a powerful bomb on a Beirut street that killed another 20 people. Saad Hariri has staked the election as a show of loyalty for his father.
Druse leader Walid Jumblatt and his ally, Marwan Hamadeh, have won uncontested seats in the elections, bringing to 17 out of 128 the number of seats already decided on the eve of the polls, the authorities have said.
Jumblatt and Hamadeh, a Druse former economy minister guaranteed their seats in the Chouf district of Mount Lebanon because there were no challengers.