CCIABChamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut (Lebanon)
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Second, on the Christian side, the historic dominance of Orthodox merchants in Beirut precluded the possibility of giving the Maronites (the largest Christian sect in Beirut and Mount Lebanon combined) more seats than the Orthodox or the vice-presidency of the CCIAB, which remained in Orthodox hands.
55] The 1996 election, despite the efforts of Kassar, generated even lesser enthusiasm among CCIAB members than the 1992 one, with only 1661 members (out of 6841 who had the right to vote) taking part in the 23 June election.
In the 1972 CCIAB election, the sectarian balance emerged from below; in 1992 and 1996 it had to be imposed from above, for the war had intensified sectarian conflicts and the postwar balance between Sunnis and Shi'is was of relatively recent origin and would take some time befor e it gets internalized.
This can be explained in terms of three main factors: First, the Maronites never monopolized Christian representation on the Boards of Directors of leading economic bodies the way the Sunnis did; in other words, the differences in the number of seats occupied by the Maronites, the Orthodox and the Catholics on the Boards of Directors of the BTA, the CCIAB, ALI, and ALB were not that large (at least for most years).