Moreover, the agreement signed in Taif is not radically different from the National Pactof 1943 if one considers the essence of the compromise in both pacts.
In fact, as Kamal Salibi has stated, "thereare no major differences in essence between the National Pact of 1943 and Taif " Moreover, "the philosophy behindthe Taif Agreement and the way it was achieved was Lebanese.
In effect, the latter aspect ledmany observers to label the Pact as the "double negation agreement."Third, the National Pact established a confessional formula providingfor the representation of Christians and Muslims in a six to fiveratio throughout government.
The Taif Agreement cc Implicitly ratifies the National Pact of 1943 and emphasizes confessional compromise andinter communal cooperation." (Norton 1991, 461).