01/26/2020 Lebanon (International Christian Concern) – Lebanon is currently readying its new government and has decided that the ministry will be formed by 10 Christians and 7 Muslims (4 Shi’ites and 3 Sunnis).
It is customary for Lebanon’s governmental team to be a reflection of the country’s religious demographics. The constitution dictates a balance. The head of government is Sunni, the President of Parliament is Shi’ite, and the President of the Republic is Maronite Christian. This structure was formed following a bloody civil war that pitted all sides against each other. It was intended to create a balance of power to prevent future conflicts.
However, this system has come under pressure both from prolonged Iranian influence through Hezbollah and more recently from protesters. Demonstrations began about four months ago as citizens demanded an overhaul of the ruling system, citing problems with corruption and a worsening economy. Three months have passed since the government had resigned, leaving tensions unresolved and a worsening political climate. Questions have persisted on how this will impact the delicate religious balance reflected within the government’s structure.
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