The Taif Agreement codified the way the different religious communities should govern together, in order to lead and maintain a peaceful co-existence. It echoed the 1926 Constitution stipulation about the composition of Parliament and the formation of the government, and as such referred to the 1943 National Pact, also based on the political recognition of the religious communities.
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In the spring of 2005, the remaining Syrian forces, whose number had already dropped from 40,000 in 2000 to 14,000 in 2004, finally withdrew, thus ending 29 years of military presence. Foreign involvement did not end here, however. Observers have said that Lebanon exchanged the Syrian tutelage for a Western umbrella or stepped-up Iranian interference.
The Civil War was not a war between Muslims and Christians, at least not at all times, although it seemed to start along religious lines. Instead, it was a war between left and right – ‘the Left’ being strongly in favour of a redistribution of power according to existing realities, ‘the Right’ opposing such a redistribution. Alliances between Lebanese groups sometimes shifted, as did support from abroad.