Mourners carry the coffin of former Prime Minister Omar Karami during his funeral procession in Tripoli, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Thousands of mourners marched in Tripoli's streets to bid farewell to Omar Karami Friday, one day after Lebanon lost its two-time prime minister who had fought a long battle with cancer.Undeterred by the stormy weather, residents of Tripoli flocked to the Abdel-Hamid Karami Square, named after Karami's late father, in the early morning hours to receive the coffin of the late prime minister. Karami, 80, passed away Thursday at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. Born in Tripoli on March 17, 1935, Karami headed two of Lebanon's governments following the 1989 Taif Accord that ended the country's 15-year Civil War.Salam declared Friday, Saturday and Sunday national mourning days, during which flags at the headquarters of official institutions will be at half staff. In a statement, he described Karami as a political leader who always sought to protect Lebanon and its coexistence.
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