Republic of Lebanon
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: 6,020,000 (2020E—World Bank); 5,469,612 (2020E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Centers (2020E—World Population Review): BEIRUT (1,916,100), Ras Beirut (1,252,739), Tripoli (229,397), Sidon (153,554), Tyre (135,204), Nabatiye et Tahta (120,000), Habbouch (98,433), Jounieh (96,315), Zahle (78,145).
Official Language: Arabic (English and French are widely spoken).
Monetary Unit: Lebanese Pound (market rate September 30, 2020: 1,500.00 pounds = $1US).
President: Michel AOUN (Free Patriotic Movement); elected by parliament on October 31, 2016.
Prime Minister (acting): Hassan DIAB (ind.); appointed with the backing of Hezbollah, Amal, the Free Patriotic Movement, and the Marada Movement on December 19, 2019; resigned on August 10, ...