Republic of Lebanon

al-Jumhuriyah al-Lubnaniyah

Political Status: Independent parliamentary republic proclaimed November 26, 1941, with acquisition of de facto autonomy completed upon withdrawal of French troops in December 1946.

Area: 4,036 sq. mi. (10,452 sq. km).

Population: 4,822,000 (2013E—UN); 4,132,000 (2013E—U.S. Census).

Major Urban Centers (2005E): BEIRUT (1,300,000), Tarabulus (Tripoli, 215,000), Saida (Sidon, 151,000), Tyre (120,000).

Official Language: Arabic (French is widely used).

Monetary Unit: Lebanese Pound (market rate November 1, 2013: 1,507.50 pounds = $1US).

President: Gen. Michel SULEIMAN (Maronite Christian, ind.); elected and inaugurated for a six-year term by the National Assembly on May 25, 2008, to succeed Gen. Emile LAHOUD.

Prime Minister: Mohammad Najib MIKATI (ind.); resigned March 23, 2013, remained in caretaker role until new cabinet formed. Tammam SALAM ...

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