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Published on : Saturday, November 23, 2013
While the country is gripped by political standoff and is increasingly threatened by violent incidents carried out by the Takfiri militants, Lebanon celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independence from French colonial power with flair.
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman cautioned that the political deadlock that is paralyzing the work of the state’s institutions draws question marks around the meaning of independence. He urged political leaders not to allow vacuum in the states’ institutions:
Lebanon celebrated independence in an official ceremony after which president Michel Suleiman, Speaker Nabih Berri, Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati, PM-designate Tammam Salam received well wishers at the presidential palace.
With no functioning government and a chain of bombings in the country and deadly gun battles in North Lebanon, observers believe Lebanon needs to remake its independence at a time when it is highly impacted by the Syrian crisis.
In addition to the security and political crises, Lebanon has had to deal with an economic burden caused by the presence of over 800,000 Syrian refugees who are escaping the fighting carried out by foreign-backed militants in the neighboring country.
Lebanon was liberated from French colonialism in 1943, back then it celebrated a certain national unity among the various sides. The independent day events included several activities, including a balloon release and a beautiful fireworks show, all involving a unique display of patriotism and love for the country.