Lebanese President Michel Aoun called for the renunciation of the confessional system of power in Lebanon and its transformation into a secular state.
Aun made a statement on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the State of Great Lebanon, as well as the ongoing crises in the country and the tragedy caused by the explosion in the port of Beirut, which destroyed half of the Lebanese capital and took the lives of 190 people.
The President pledged to call for a dialogue between spiritual authorities and political leaders in order to come up with wording that was acceptable to all and would be reflected in the relevant constitutional amendments.
He also added that the country needed a new understanding of affairs management based on citizenship and secularism of the state, and pointed out that due to the separation of power by denomination, Lebanon currently represented several republics rather than one.
The explosion at the port of Beirut in Lebanon took place on August 4. It killed more than 150 people and affected over 6,000. The explosion completely or partially destroyed about 4,000 buildings. According to a preliminary version, the accident occurred because 2.7 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were burned during welding operations.