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Lebanon's first post-war prime minister Omar Karame dead

A giant copy of the original Lebanese flag -- drawn and approved by lawmakers during the declaration of independence in 1943 -- hangs on the wall of a building in Beirut to commemorate Independence Day on November 21, 2014Omar Karame, Lebanon’s first post-war prime minister and a staunch ally of the Syrian government, has died at the age of 80, his family announced on Thursday. “With great sadness… the Karame family announces the death of the great Omar Abdel Hamid Karame,” they said in a statement. Karame came from a Lebanese Sunni political dynasty — his father was one of the architects of Lebanon’s independence in 1943 — and served as prime minister twice. He was succeeded by Rafik Hariri, a billionaire who orchestrated massive reconstruction projects throughout Lebanon.

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