Lebanon celebrated the thirty-first anniversary of the country's independence on Friday (22 November). The ceremonies?
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Background: Lebanon celebrated the thirty-first anniversary of the country's independence on Friday (22 November). The ceremonies in the capital, Beirut, were led by the country's President Suleiman Franjieh, who laid a wreath on the tomb to the Unknown Warrior.
The main ceremony in Mesume Square was attended by Cabinet members and by representatives from the Lebanese Parliament. Members of the Diplomatic Corps in Beirut also attended.
Lebanon became independent of French rule in November 1943 after the strongly nationalist Government of President Bechara Al-Khuri passed legislation to remove the last traces of French authority.
President Franjieh has recently returned from a visit to the United States where he addressed the United Nations General Assembly during the debate on the Palestine question.