Secularism in Lebanon

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"The Laique pride" rally in Beirut Central District, Lebanon

The secularization process in Lebanon began under a 1920's French mandate, continuing under different governments since independence. Lebanon is a parliamentary democracy within an overall Confessionalism framework; as a form of consociationalism, the highest offices are proportionately reserved for representatives from certain religious communities.

However, increasing numbers of Lebanese organize against this confessionalist system and for an installation of laïcité in the national government. The most recent laïcité advocacy was a Laïque Pride march held in Beirut on April 26, 2010, responding to Hizb ut-Tahrir's growing appeal in Beirut and demands to re-establish an Islamic caliphate. In 2011, hundreds of protesters rallied in Beirut on 27 February in a march referred to as "The Laique pride", calling for reform of the country's confessional political system. At the same time, a peaceful sit-in took place in Saida.[1]

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  1. ^ "Lebanese protest against sectarian political system". Reuters Africa. Reuters. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.