Lebanon - Government and society | Britannica.com

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Lebanon - Government and society: Modern Lebanon is a unitary multiparty republic with a parliamentary system of government. Its constitution promulgated in 1926 during the French mandate and modified by several subsequent amendments provides for a unicameral Chamber of Deputies (renamed the National Assembly in 1979) elected for a term of four years by universal adult suffrage (women attained the right to vote and eligibility to run for office in 1953). According to the 1989 Ṭ¾if Accord parliamentary seats are apportioned equally between Christian and Muslim sects thereby replacing an earlier ratio that had favoured Christians. This sectarian distribution is also to be observed in


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