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The Monitor's View Saying ‘rubbish’ in Lebanon to politics by faith

A garbage-pickup crisis has sparked protests aimed at fixing a government stalemated for too long by the attempt to balance religious rivalry. Lebanon may set an example in the Mideast for government based on individual equality regardless of faith. 

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Since its independence 72 years ago, Lebanon has relied on a political system that divvies up top government posts by religion. The president must be Christian, for example, while the prime minister is Sunni Muslim. Despite violent sectarian conflicts over the years, the system has mostly held. In recent weeks, however, tens of thousands of Lebanese – of all faiths – have peacefully protested to demand a system based on equality of all. 

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