Beqaa Governorate

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Beqaa Governorate
مقاطعة البقاع
Map of Lebanon with Beqaa highlighted
Map of Lebanon with Beqaa highlighted
Coordinates: 33°50′N 35°54′E / 33.833°N 35.900°E / 33.833; 35.900Coordinates: 33°50′N 35°54′E / 33.833°N 35.900°E / 33.833; 35.900
Country Lebanon
Capital Zahlé
Area
 • Total 4,429 km2 (1,710 sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)

Beqaa (Arabic: البقاعAl-Biqā') is a governorate in Lebanon.

Districts[edit]

Since 2014, Beqaa Governorate contains three districts:

A law was passed in 2003 to separate Baalbek District and Hermel District from Beqaa Governorate to form a new governorate, Baalbek-Hermel Governorate.[1] Implementation of Baalbek-Hermel began in 2014 with the appointment of its first governor.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Religion in the Beqaa Governorate

  Islam (60%)
  Christianity (40%)

According to voter registration data, the governorate is approximately 40% Christian to 60% Muslim (313505 voters)[3].

In the district (qadaa) of Zahlé (meaning na area much greater than that of the city proper), Christians form a simple majority of 55% of voters (172555 in total). In the district of West Beqaa-Rashaya (the two are combined as an electoral district), Christians account for 22.22% of voters (140950 in total).

Electoral constituency and confessional distribution[edit]

The governorate of the Beqaa is split into two, single district constituencies: Zahlé and West Beqaa-Rashaya.

Zahlé has 7 deputies: 2 Greek Melkite Catholics, 1 Armenian Orthodox, 1 Maronite, 1 Orthodox, 1 Sunni, and 1 Shi'a.

West Beqaa-Rashaya has 4 deputies: 1 Maronite, 1 Orthodox, 2 Sunnis, 1 Shi'a, and 1 Druze.

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