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Lebanese Urge End to Taif Agreement

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TEHRAN, March 7 (ICANA) – Thousands of Lebanese people have held a rally to protest the country's current political system, calling for scraping the Taif Agreement.
Monday, March 07, 2011 10:02:45 AM
Lebanese Urge End to Taif Agreement

The Lebanese demonstrators gathered in the capital city of Beirut on Sunday and urged that the majority should have a final and direct say in the government make-up, AFP reported.

Sunday's protest came after another demonstration last week, when hundreds of people braved heavy rain and marched on the state courthouse.

The Taif Agreement ended the 15-year civil war in 1990 that killed 150,000 people.

The agreement calls for the president to be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister must be a Sunni and the parliament speaker chosen from among the Shia community.

Other government jobs are also allocated according to religious affiliation.

The protesters are demanding the agreement to be replaced with a new system of government.

Major sectarian violence, threatening to tip the country into a new civil war, also broke out in 2008.

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