Soleimani Says Hizbullah Now Has '74 MPs' in Parliament
A top Iranian general has praised Hizbullah and its allies for making significant gains in last month's parliamentary elections, claiming that “Hizbullah has won 74 out of parliament's 128 seats.”
General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite fighting Quds Force, also accused Saudi Arabia of paying $200 million in support of certain Lebanese parties during the elections.
Lebanese media aired a video posted on social media showing Soleimani saying that Hizbullah's electoral victory came at a time when some Arab countries labeled it and its leaders as terrorists.
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said later Monday that the comments are "regrettable," adding that interfering in Lebanon's internal affairs is "not in their (Iran's) interest, nor those of Lebanon or the region."