Lebanon Travel Guide

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2008 Internal Strife

When Émile Lahoud's presidential term ended in October 2007, the opposition refused to vote for a successor unless a power-sharing deal was reached, leaving Lebanon without a president. On 9 May 2008, Hezbollah and Amal forces, sparked by a government declaration that Hezbollah's communications network was illegal, seized western Beirut in Lebanon's worst internal violence since the 1975-90 civil war. Moreover, as the Daily Star wrote, the violence "threatened to plunge the nation into civil war", while the Lebanese government decried it as an attempted coup. At least 62 people died in the clashes.

On 21 May 2008, after five days of negotiation under Arab League mediation in Qatar, all major Lebanese parties signed the Doha Agreement, which ended the fighting. Under the accord, both sides agreed to elect former army head Michel Suleiman president and establish a national unity government with a veto share for the opposition. This ended 18 months of political paralysis. The agreement was a victory for opposition forces, who received concessions regarding the composition of the cabinet, Hezbollah's telecommunications network, and the airport security chief, increasing their political clout.


Travel Quotes:

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. Mary Ritter Beard


Lebanon Travel Informations and Lebanon Travel Guide
Lebanon History: Ancient History - Medieval Times - French Mandate & Independence
1948 Arab-Israeli War
- Civil War and Beyond - Cedar Revolution - 2006 Israel-Lebanon Conflict
Nahr al-Bared Conflict - 2008 Internal Strife

Lebanon Etymology - Lebanon Geography & Climate - Lebanon Governorates and Districts - Lebanon Economy
Lebanon Governorates & Districts - Lebanon Economy - Lebanon Government & Politics-
Foreign Relations - Lebanese Military - Lebanon Education: Schools - Higher Education - Lebanon Demographics
Lebanon Culture: Overview - Lebanon National flag - Lebanon Sports - Arts & Literature - Lebanon Music
Lebanon Festivals - Lebanon Movies

Lebanon Tourism
Lebanon Tourist Attractions: Anjar - Baalbeck - Beirut - Beiteddine - Byblos(Jbeil) - Deir El Qamar
Qadisha Valley (Holy Valley) - Sidon (Saida) - The Cedars, Arz Al Rab - Tripoli - Tyre (Sour) - Zahle


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