Amending the Taif Accord turned to be the main subject of debate in Lebanon this week, following the call made by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rahi to modify in the interest of the country, given its gaps which were proven by experience.
The patriarch called for an amendment of the Taif Accord in order to increase the president’s powers “to stabilize the country’s political situation”. “If a second Taif was necessary to amend these gaps, so be it,” Rahi said, adding that the current paralysis proves the need for the president to have greater political powers.
The Taif Accord, signed in 1989, brought to an end the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War and reformed Lebanon’s political system by transferring executive powers from the president to the Cabinet. Read more