Lebanon incumbents lead vote

Beirut, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) Lebanon's March 14 Bloc (M14), which holds the parliamentary majority, maintains its supremacy over the March 8 coalition led by Hezbollah, according to partial official results disclosed there Monday.

A report on results of the Sunday legislative elections in at least 15 of the 26 electoral districts gives the victory to the candidates of the governing party, an alliance backed by the US and Europe.

Interior Minister Zyad Baroud said in a press conference these are preliminary figures, but support in the south for runners of the resistance-led coalition is noticeable.

Unofficial estimates reveal M14 is expected to have won 70 of the 128 seats, contrary to the technical tie or defeat predicted by analysts and polls.

The son of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, killed by a car bomb in February 2005, has already proclaimed himself as winner, but qualified his early celebration by admitting the triumph implies no substantial changes.