• The Ottoman Empire captures Lebanon and controls it until World War I.  

  • After World War I, the League of Nations grants the mandate for Lebanon to France, creating the state of greater Lebanon.

  • France agrees to transfer power to the Lebanese government. 

  • The Lebanese civil war starts after a clash between the Phalangists and the guerrillas. Its economy suffered from the destruction of infrastructure and industrial facilities.

  • Syrian army enters Lebanon as an Arab Deterrent Force.

  • Israel launches a full-scale invasion of Lebanon.  

  • The civil war formally ends after the Syrian Air Force attacks the Presidential Palace, forcing the Lebanese Commander-in-Chief Michel Aoun to flee. 

  • After being accused of occupying the country, Syrian forces withdrew from Lebanon due to international pressure.  

  • The Syrian conflict started to spill over into Lebanon, destabilizing the country and its economy.  

  • Lebanon holds its first legislative election since 2009, and for the fist time, seats are awarded proportionally instead of all seats going to the winning party.

  • A national unity government is announced. The debt crisis continues as cabinet negotiations limited government management of finances.

  • The country enters a period of hyperinflation and a new government is formed under Najib Mikati, a previous prime minister. 


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