Early results from the third round of Lebanon's regional elections for parliament suggest victory for the slate headed by former Christian exile Michel Aoun.
Mr. Aoun's candidates are expected to win in mainly Christian areas that voted Sunday. Rival politician and anti-Syrian opposition leader Walid Jumblatt conceded defeat in those areas and accused Mr. Aoun of serving Syrian interests.
Sunday's vote is the third of four regional elections for Lebanon's 128-member parliament. Voters selected almost half the parliament Sunday, making it the most crucial of the staggered elections.
The polls are the first since Syrian military forces were withdrawn from Lebanon after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which the opposition and several foreign nations blame on Lebanon's former government and Syria.
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