Lebanon: Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the country of the world Lebanon, Lebanese student strikes, government and voting requirements.

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There is strong opposition from student groups in the country to the existing directions of Lebanese policy. Lengthy student strikes in 1973 and 1974 closed the American University of Beirut and other schools for stretches of several months at a time. Lack of official Lebanese support for the Palestinians has been a major part of this protest. Israeli bombings of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Israeli raids at the Beirut airport as well as in apartment buildings in the center of the city have produced no reaction from the Lebanese Government except for the repression of the Palestinian guerrillas. This response, coupled with extreme inflation and high unemployment, is causing some factions to question the entire Lebanese political system.

Not until 1969 were left-of-center parties, with alternative socioeconomic platforms, legalized. However, the electoral laws discriminate against such parties as the voter must vote in his or her birthplace, not in the place of residence or employment.

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