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Lebanon’s Taif Agreement Needs Revision

The Taif Agreement is still the key to Lebanon’s political compact, although it should be reviewed and amended.
Lebanese residents remove barricades after months of clashes between Sunni Muslims and the small Alawite community, in Tripoli June 9, 2013.    REUTERS/Stringer (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX10HDG

“Lebanon is a sovereign, free and independent country and a final homeland for all its citizens.” Composed back in 1989, the first article of the Taif agreement, given the current political and security scene in Lebanon, reveals more fallacies rather than facts. The agreement that concluded the Lebanese Civil War has been kept unimplemented since its inception. With the regional political transitions, the rise of Islamic-led regimes and the anniversary of the Lebanese civil war on April 13 — with its sectarian bloodshed still resonating in the heads of the Lebanese with every sectarian clash in Lebanon’s north — a review of the Taif agreement, its practicality and applicability is required. 

To review or not review?

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