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The Lebanese president calls for an end to the denominational political system and advocates a secular state

August 30, 2020

Lebanese President Michel Aoun defended this Sunday in a speech to the nation to promote a process of political reform that will put an end to the denominational political system that distributes religious positions and also defends the secularity of the state.

“The current denominational system no longer works and has become an obstacle to progress or reform,” emphasized Aoun in his speech.

“The Lebanese system needs to be improved, supplemented and changed. Lebanon needs a new approach to the administration of its affairs, which must be based on citizenship and the civil character of the state,” he argued, defending the declaration of a “secular state”. with “dialogue between religious and political leaders to achieve these constitutional changes.”

The Lebanese president calls for an end to the denominational political system and advocates a secular stateThe Lebanese president calls for an end to the denominational political system and advocates a secular state

The Lebanese political system is based on the 1989 Taíf Agreement and refers to the pact that survivors of the Lebanese parliament, elected in 1972, made that year in the Saudi city of Taíf, which stipulated that the president should be a Christian that the prime minister should be a Sunni Muslim. In addition, the parliament has representation quotas to avoid a Muslim parliamentary majority associated with its demographic majority.

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