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On the occasion of the 71st anniversary of Lebanon's independence, the house where the country's first national flag was raised was reopened after years of negligence. Built in 1890, the house, in Mount Lebanon's Bshamoun village, served as the center of the many meetings that would soon pave the way for Lebanon's independence from the French mandate, which had controlled the country since 1923 .Belonging to Hussein Halabi, the building served as a base for the first government established after President Beshara Khoury, Prime Minister Riad al-Solh and a number of ministers were arrested by the French and taken to Rashaya.Many were excited at the opening of the house where Lebanese flags were raised.Ihssan Halabi, then 10, said she witnessed the establishment of the government at her grandfather's house.
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