TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman lauded the exemplary democratic process in Lebanon, saying Tehran respects the vote of Lebanese people and will support any government that the Arab country’s new parliament elects.

“Lebanon is an independent state. Democratic process is well in progress in that country and provides a very good example for many countries in the region,” Bahram Qassemi told reporters on Monday when asked about Iran’s stance on the Arab country’s parliamentary vote.  

The Islamic Republic of Iran will support and cooperate with any government elected by the Lebanese people, the spokesperson added.

Qassemi also congratulated the candidates that have won the vote of people in the first parliamentary elections in Lebanon in nine years.

On Sunday, Lebanese people voted for their favorite candidates competing for 128 parliamentary seats.

Turnout was 49.2 percent, down from 54 percent the last time legislative elections were held nine years ago.

The candidates were spread across 77 lists in 15 districts, which had 27 sub-districts.

Preliminary unofficial results show Hezbollah and its political allies have won more than half of the seats.

Hezbollah's allies include the Amal Movement led by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and the Christian Free Patriotic Movement founded by President Michel Aoun.