May 14, 2023
Lebanon’s political and economic challenges exacerbate in the absence of a president for the seventh consecutive monthBack to All
by Hadeel Ouies, Senior Research Fellow
The fall of Lebanon, the only Middle Eastern country with significant political influence for Christians, will be a dark chapter in the region’s history, Lebanese politician tells ALL ARAB NEWS
Major disputes among Lebanon’s political parties have prevented the Lebanese parliament from electing a president for the last 11 sessions, leaving Lebanon without a president for almost 7 months now.
The presidential elections in Lebanon are unique in that the premier is elected by members of the Lebanese Parliament, rather than a direct popular vote. The president of Lebanon must be a Maronite Christian, in accordance with the National Pact, the 1943 agreement between the nation’s Christian and Muslim leaders. The pact established a power-sharing arrangement between the country’s religious components.
The failure to elect a president is playing a significant role in the deteriorating economic crisis of the Lebanon, which was once a hub for creativity, tourism and art in the Middle East.