Middle East

Hezbollah, allies win wide areas in east Lebanon vote

  • Beirut Madinati campaign workers hold balloons next to a poster showing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah , outside a polling station during the municipal elections in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Beirut Madinati campaign workers hold balloons next to a poster showing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah , outside a polling station during the municipal elections in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, leader of Lebanon's parliamentary majority, waves to his supporters after casting his ballot during the Municipal Elections, outside a voting station, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 8, 2016. The Municipality Elections take place today in Beirut and in the Bekaa valley with an outsider group of candidates challenging a political establishment widely seen as corrupt and incompetent. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, leader of Lebanon's parliamentary majority, waves to his supporters after casting his ballot during the Municipal Elections, outside a voting station, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 8, 2016. The Municipality Elections take place today in Beirut and in the Bekaa valley with an outsider group of candidates challenging a political establishment widely seen as corrupt and incompetent. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, a member of Beirut Madinati, an electoral list for the upcoming Beirut municipality polls, leaves a ballot booth before casting her vote at a polling station during the municipal elections in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, a member of Beirut Madinati, an electoral list for the upcoming Beirut municipality polls, leaves a ballot booth before casting her vote at a polling station during the municipal elections in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

The deputy leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group says their candidates and allies won a vast majority of seats in areas where they ran in local elections in eastern Lebanon.

Sheikh Naim Kassem said on Monday that Hezbollah and its allies ran in 80 municipalities out of 143 where voting took place the previous day in the Bekaa Valley and won almost all the seats.

He says that includes all municipal seats in the eastern historic city of Baalbek and the major town of Brital along the Syria border.

Kassem says Hezbollah's opponents secured some seats in six towns in the area.

The Lebanese voted Sunday in municipal elections in Beirut and the Bekaa Valley, the first balloting in the country since 2010.

Results for Beirut are expected later Monday.