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The future outlook for Lebanon is gloomy in terms of its stability, economy and national unity as the war in Syria enters its fourth year next week with no end in sight, political analysts said.The war in Syria, which has killed more than 140,000 people and forced millions from their homes, has also left dire consequences on Lebanon's ailing economy as the cash-strapped country struggles to grapple with the heavy burden of more than 1 million Syrian refugees who have left for safety to Lebanon, the analysts said.Hilal Khashan, a professor of political science at the American University of Beirut, said the political situation in Lebanon was contingent on the end of the conflict in Syria.Nader said that the Syrian revolt against the regime of President Bashar Assad had "extremely adverse effects" on Lebanon's power-sharing formula between Muslims and Christians."The Lebanese government did not close the border with Syria and distance itself in order to shield Lebanon from the repercussions of the crisis in Syria," Nader said. He added that Hezbollah's decision to send fighters to Syria to support Assad's forces has invited Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups to Lebanon. Fayyad, an outspoken Shiite critic of Hezbollah, said the party's intervention in Syria had led to the advent of Al-Qaeda-linked groups to Lebanon.
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