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National Assembly

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
06.05.2018
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
20.05.2018
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Delayed elections
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.05.2022
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
128
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
976
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
865
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
111
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
11.37%

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
3,663,518
Votes Number of people who actually voted
1,862,103
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
50.83%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The first parliamentary elections since 2009 (see note 1) were held using the proportional representation system (see note 2) and returned a fragmented parliament. Fifteen parliamentary groups were subsequently formed in the 128-member National Assembly. The major groups included Strong Lebanon led by President Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic movement (see note3); Lebanon First, including Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future movement; Development and Liberation led by Speaker Nabih Berry’s Amal movement; Loyalty to the Resistance led by Hezbollah; as well as Strong Republic, which comprises the Lebanese Forces (an anti-Hezbollah Christian party). On 24 May, President Michel Aoun designated Mr. Hariri as Prime Minister whose candidacy was put forward by 111 of the 128 members. Lengthy negotiations over the new government have followed. On 15 February 2019, Mr. Hariri formed a new government (see note 4). Note 1: The term of the legislature, elected in June 2009, was originally four years and was due to expire in June 2013. Due mainly to the stalemate over the new electoral law, in May 2013, the National Assembly extended its mandate by 17 months to November 2014. In November 2014, the National Assembly extended its term by another 31 months to June 2017. On 14 June 2017, the Cabinet approved a new electoral law, which provided for the next parliamentary elections to be held between 20 March and 19 May 2018. The term of the outgoing legislature was extended until 20 May 2018. Note 2: The new electoral law, adopted in June 2017, provides for a proportional representation system using party lists, instead of the previous Block Vote (a majority system that uses multi-member constituencies). Note 3: General Michel Aoun ascended to the presidency in 2016. The position had remained vacant for two years after his predecessor, Mr. Michel Suleiman, left office in 2014. Note 4: The new government is comprised of Strong Lebanon, Lebanon First, the Independent Centre Bloc, Development and Liberation, Strong Republic, Loyalty to the Resistance, the Democratic Gathering and the National Coalition. Lebanon First and the Independent Centre Bloc had merged into one parliamentary group before the formation of the new government.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
15
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
22.66%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
8
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Strong Lebanon, the Lebanon First, the Independent Centre Bloc, the Development and Liberation, the Strong Republic, the Loyalty to the Resistance, the Democratic Gathering and the National Coalition
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Strong Lebanon 29
Lebanon First 20
Development and Liberation 17
Strong Republic 15
Loyalty to the Resistance 14
Democratic Gathering 9
National Coalition 7
Others 6
Independent Centre Bloc 4
Kataeb 3
Social Nationalist Bloc 3
Civil Society 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
122
Number of women elected
6
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
4.69%
Other notes
Note on the distribution of seats: - Strong Lebanon comprises Free Patriotic Movement (18 seats), Lebanese Democratic Party (1), Tashnag (3) and independents (7); - Lebanon First comprises Future Movement (16) and independents (4); - Development and Liberation comprises Amal Movement (14), Baath Party (1) and independents (2); - Loyalty to the Resistance comprises Hezbollah (12) and independents (2); - Strong Republic comprises 15 members of Lebanese Forces; - Democratic Gathering comprises 9 members of Progressive Socialist Party; - Independent Centre Bloc comprises Azm Movement (3) and independent (1); - Kataeb comprises 3 members of Kataeb Party; - National Coalition comprises Arab Liberation Party (1), El-Marada (3) and independents (3); - Social nationalist Bloc comprises 3 members of Syrian Social Nationalist Party; - Others comprise one member each from Al-Ahbash, National Dialogue Party, Popular Nasserite Organization, Union Party and 2 independent members.
Sources
National Assembly (10.05.2018, 27.08.2018, 19.02.2019, 20.02.2019) Ministry of Interior BBC Monitoring Reuters IFES Aljazeera Middle East Monitor
Women Directly Elected
6

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
122
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
6
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
64
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
23.05.2018
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Nabih Berry (Male)
Political party
Development and Liberation
Date of election
23.05.2018