Lebanon did not officially celebrate its 71st independence anniversary this Saturday , but Google made it up for the Lebanese by celebrating our independence in style with a doodle featuring dancers performing the national “dabke” folk dance.
The Lebanese government decided to cancel the Independence Day celebrations for the first time since the 1975-1990 civil war because the country does not have a head of a state.
The day independence day celebration is usually marked with a speech to the nation by the president and a military parade in Beirut that is attended by the country’s political leadership.
The decision to cancel the celebrations was also reportedly influenced by the crisis involving the kidnapping of several security forces by Islamist militants
Lebanon received its independence on November 22, 1943 .
The Lebanese parliament failed on Thursday and for the 16th time in a row to elect a president to replace Michel Suleiman whose term ended on May 25.
As in the past sessions the parliament was unable to reach a quorum because the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group and its ally MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc MPs boycotted the sessions.
Speaker Nabih Berri postponed to Dec. 10 Lebanon’s presidential election
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This is not the first time that Google celebrates the Lebanese Independence