Lebanon’s Political Gap

Lebanon has now exceed the previous record of most days in a row without a president. Following the civil war (whose aftermath is the subject of my senior thesis), the political system was re-constituted such that the president must be Christian, but even with this restriction, it is not normally this difficult to get parties to agree on candidates. The most recent idea floated is a Lebanese politician who grew up as a close friend of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. It doesn’t look like that idea will go through, but it’s interesting how this idea shows the multiple influences on Lebanon’s political system, both within and without.



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