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Lebanon Introduction

Lebanon has made progress toward rebuilding its political institutions and regaining its national sovereignty since the end of the devastating 16-year civil war, which ended in 1991.

Under the Ta'if Accord—the blueprint for national reconciliation—the Lebanese have established a more equitable political system, particularly by giving Muslims a greater say in the political process while institutionalizing sectarian divisions in the government. Since the end of the civil war, the Lebanese have formed six cabinets, conducted two legislative elections, and held their first municipal elections in 35 years.

Most of the militias have been weakened or disbanded. The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) has seized vast quantities of weapons used by the militias during the war and extended central government authority over about one-half of the country. Hizballah, the radical Shi'a party, retains its weapons.

Foreign forces still occupy areas of Lebanon. Israel maintains troops in southern Lebanon and continues to support a proxy militia, the Army of South Lebanon (ASL), along a narrow stretch of territory contiguous to its border.

The ASL's enclave encompasses this self-declared security zone and about 20 kilometers north to the strategic town of Jazzin. Syria maintains about 25,000 troops in Lebanon based mainly in Beirut, North Lebanon, and the Bekaa Valley. Syria's deployment was legitimized by the Arab League during Lebanon's civil war and in the Ta'if Accord.

Citing the continued weakness of the LAF, Beirut's requests, and failure of the Lebanese Government to implement all of the constitutional reforms in the Ta'if Accord, Damascus has so far refused to withdraw its troops from Lebanon.

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Topography of Lebanon - Read more about the geography and topography of Lebanon

History of Lebanon - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Lebanon

Life & People of Lebanon - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Lebanon

Local Cuisine of Lebanon - Find out delicious local cuisines of Lebanon

Holidays in Lebanon - Check out a list of the local holidays in Lebanon

Festivals in Lebanon - Learn about the festivals in Lebanon

Embassies of Lebanon - Provides an Embassy database for Lebanon

Administration facts of Lebanon - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Lebanon

Newstands in Lebanon - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of Lebanon

Attractions in Lebanon - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Lebanon

Maps of Lebanon - Discover a detailed map of Lebanon

Map Database of Lebanon - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of Lebanon

Flags of Lebanon - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of Lebanon. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of Lebanon - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of Lebanon

Shopping in Lebanon - Find out the best places for shopping in Lebanon

Restaurants in Lebanon - Browse a list of eat-outs in Lebanon

Geography of Lebanon - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Lebanon

People of Lebanon - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Lebanon

Government and Politics in Lebanon - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Lebanon.

Economy of Lebanon - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Lebanon

Communications in Lebanon - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in Lebanon

Transportation in Lebanon - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in Lebanon

Military of Lebanon - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Lebanon

Transnational Issues of Lebanon - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Lebanon


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