Hezbollah and its allies declared victory, despite Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk only announcing partial results at a press conference in Beirut on Monday. «There is a new phase in Lebanon,» declared Machnouk. Early indications show big gains for Shiite parties aligned with Hezbollah. Christian parties have also performed well. In contrast, Sunni Prime Minister Saad Hariri's party may have... Еще lost over a third of their seats. Turnout is around 49.2 percent, down from 54 percent in 2009. The Interior Minister blamed new electoral laws and the vote-counting for delays in announcing the official results.