Stu­dents see what it’s like to be pres­i­dent

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

BEIRUT: Pres­i­dent Michel Aoun opened the doors of the pres­i­den­tial palace to a visit by dozens of Le­banese stu­dents Mon­day, de­spite the flurry of po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity that has fol­lowed the res­ig­na­tion of Prime Min­is­ter Saad Hariri.

Stu­dents from the Bekaa Val­ley town of An­jar, north Le­banon’s Tripoli, south Le­banon’s Si­don and the Metn town of Qor­net She­hwan were in­vited to visit Baabda Palace ahead of In­de­pen­dence Day on Nov. 22. Aoun up­held the tra­di­tion de­spite cur­rent po­lit­i­cal ten­sions.

This year’s cer­e­mony was dif­fer­ent from pre­vi­ous years in that stu­dents were given his­tor­i­cal lessons on Le­banon’s in­de­pen­dence as well ge­o­graph­i­cal lessons. Stu­dents were also given lessons on the Le­banese Army and the his­tory of Baabda Palace.

Stu­dents also took a tour of the palace and met the pres­i­dent, a state­ment from Aoun’s of­fice re­ported.

Sit­ting in of­fi­cial meet­ing rooms, stu­dents voiced their hopes for a “safe and sta­ble” Le­banon, ex­chang­ing com­ments about is­sues such as the wa­ter and elec­tric­ity crises and the en­vi­ron­ment.

A stu­dent from Saint Joseph School in Qor­net She­hwan quoted Le­banese poet Gi­bran Khalil Gi­bran in a speech to the pres­i­dent: “If Le­banon was not my coun­try, I would have cho­sen Le­banon to be my coun­try,” the stu­dent re­cited.

The stu­dent added, ad­dress­ing Aoun: “We are the stu­dents of Mar Youssef School and we know that you are watch­ing our coun­try, em­brac­ing its free­dom and growth.” –

Stu­dents take a tour of the palace and meet the pres­i­dent.

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