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The first international reactions to Lebanon's much-awaited parliamentary elections started trickling in Monday amid prolonged delays in announcing the outcome of the vote.Future won 21 seats – a drop of 11 compared to the 2009 elections held under the previous majoritarian voting system."Hezbollah = Lebanon," he tweeted.Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano congratulated Lebanon for holding elections and allowing its diaspora to vote for the first time in the country's history.The United Nations urged Lebanon's politicians to act responsibly to protect Lebanon's stability following elections.The European Union had so far not taken a formal stand on the elections, though EU Ambassador to Lebanon Christina Lassen said the bloc's mission would make recommendations for future improvements to the process.
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