The republic of Lebanon, located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, is bordered in the north and east by Syria, and bounded by Israel on the south. One of the smaller countries in the Middle East, Lebanonís area measures 4036 square miles. The country is 135 miles long, and its width is only 50 miles at its widest point. About 89% of Lebanonís 3,619,971 citizens live in urban areas. Beirut has regained most of its prewar
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universal adult suffrage. Under the constitution, the president, who appoints the prime minister is elected by the legislature for a six-year term. There have been no repercussions since the election, which means Lebanon may be starting to creep out of Syriaís shadow, and may soon begin to formulate its own policies.
2. A Country Study : Lebanon . Federal Research Division: Library of Congress, 1989