PSP leader Walid Jumblatt and Prime Minister Saad Hariri, center, wear koufiehs as they attend the 40th anniversary of the assassination of party founder Kamal Jumblatt Mukhtara, Sunday, March 19, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Al-Anbaa)
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Thousands gathered Sunday in the town of Mukhtara, the Progressive Socialist Party's heartland, to mark 40 years since the assassination of the party's founder, Kamal Jumblatt, and witness the confirmation of a new heir apparent.Party leader Walid Jumblatt arrived at the ceremony wearing a keffiyeh similar to the scarf his late father was often depicted wearing.The late Jumblatt was the head of the Lebanese National Movement at the time of his assassination. In addition to being a politician, Kamal Jumblatt was known for his intellectual pursuits. Speaking during Sunday's commemoration ceremony, Jumblatt called for the maintenance of national unity and reconciliation efforts, as he symbolically passed down the party leadership to his son, Taymour.At the end of the celebration, Walid Jumblatt and other politicians made their way to the tomb of the late leader and laid roses on it.
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