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Lebanon Government: from the All Country Info reference guide to country facts

Lebanon Government

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Lebanon: Government

Country name
conventional long form: Lebanese Republic
conventional short form: Lebanon
local long form: Al Jumhuriyah al Lubnaniyah
local short form: Lubnan
Data code
LE
Government type
republic
Capital
Beirut
Administrative divisions
5 governorates (mohafazat, singular -
mohafazah); Beyrouth, Ech Chimal, Ej Jnoub, El Bekaa, Jabal Loubnane
Independence
22 November 1943 (from League of Nations mandate under
French administration)
National holiday
Independence Day, 22 November (1943)
Constitution
23 May 1926, amended a number of times
Legal system
mixture of Ottoman law, canon law, Napoleonic code, and
civil law; no judicial review of legislative acts; has not accepted
compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Suffrage
21 years of age; compulsory for all males; authorized for
women at age 21 with elementary education
Executive branch
chief of state: President Emile LAHUD (since 24 November 1998)
head of government: Prime Minister Salim al-HUSS (since 4 December
1998)
cabinet: Cabinet chosen by the prime minister in consultation with the
president and members of the National Assembly; the current Cabinet
was formed in 1998
elections: president elected by the National Assembly for a six-year
term; election last held 15 October 1998 (next to be held NA 2004);
prime minister and deputy prime minister appointed by the president in
consultation with the National Assembly; by custom, the president is a
Maronite Christian, the prime minister is a Sunni Muslim, and the
speaker of the legislature is a Shi'a Muslim
election results: Emile LAHUD elected president; National Assembly
vote - 118 votes in favor, 0 against, 10 abstentions
Legislative branch
unicameral National Assembly or Majlis Alnuwab
(Arabic) or Assemblee Nationale (French) (128 seats; members elected
by popular vote on the basis of sectarian proportional representation
to serve four-year terms)
elections: last held 18 August-15 September 1996 (next to be held NA
2000)
election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NA
(one-half Christian and one-half Muslim)
Judicial branch
four Courts of Cassation (three courts for civil and
commercial cases and one court for criminal cases); Constitutional
Council (called for in Ta'if Accord) rules on constitutionality of
laws; Supreme Council (hears charges against the president and prime
minister as needed)
Political parties and leaders
political party activity is organized
along largely sectarian lines; numerous political groupings exist,
consisting of individual political figures and followers motivated by
religious, clan, and economic considerations
International organization participation
ABEDA, ACCT, AFESD, AL, AMF,
CCC, ESCWA, FAO, G-24, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA,
IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol,
IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OAS (observer), OIC, PCA, UN,
UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNRWA, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO
Diplomatic representation in the US
chief of mission: Ambassador Dr. Farid ABBOUD
chancery: 2560 28th Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone:  (202) 939-6300
FAX:  (202) 939-6324
consulate(s) general: Detroit, New York, and Los Angeles
Diplomatic representation from the US
chief of mission: Ambassador David SATTERFIELD
embassy: Antelias, Beirut
mailing address: P. O. Box 70-840, Beirut; PSC 815, Box 2, FPO AE
09836-0002
telephone:  (4) 543600, 542600, 544133, 544130, 544131
FAX:  (4) 544136
Flag description
three horizontal bands of red (top), white (double
width), and red with a green and brown cedar tree centered in the
white band
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