Aoun holds a ceremony at the presidential palace in Baabda Sunday celebrating the country’s Flag Day.
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President Michel Aoun is set to address the nation Monday night on the eve of the 73rd anniversary of Lebanon's independence, a day after receiving congratulatory cables from world and Arab leaders. Aoun's election by Parliament as Lebanon's 13th president on Oct. 31 has ended the 29-month presidential vacuum, raising hopes for regular functioning of the executive and legislative branches of power after more than two years of political paralysis.Aoun also received a congratulatory cable from King Salman.Aoun also received congratulatory cables from the Turkish, Algerian, Palestinian and Australian leaders.The flag, which was divided into five sections, representing Lebanon's geographic regions, carried signatures from around 150,000 Lebanese who had signed it back in 1989 to demand Aoun become president, months before the 1975-90 Civil War ended.
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