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    Thousands of Lebanese lined the streets of Beirut on Friday (27 April) as the coffin bering the body of former Lebanese President and Army Commander, General Fuad Chehab was borne by gun carriage to its last resting place.

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    Thousands of Lebanese lined the streets of Beirut on Friday (27 April) as the coffin bering the body of former Lebanese President and Army Commander, General Fuad Chehab was borne by gun carriage to its last resting place.

    The General has died of a heart attack on Wednesday (25 April) at the age of 70. He was a member of a prominent Maronite family.

    The long and distinguished procession of mourners wound its way slowly through the city's streets from the Officers Club to St. George's Maronites Cathedral. There were 98 military representatives heading several army units, police detachments, uniformed wreath carriers and the distinguished presence of President Franjieh, Prime Minister Amin al-Hafez and the Speaker of Parliament, Kamel al Assad; the whole slow marching to the dirges of a military band.

    The late General Chehab was Army Commander when, as a compromise candidate, he was elected President in 1958 for a six-year term at a time when Lebanon was torn by a civil war between the opponents and supporters of his predecessor Chamille Chamoun.

    SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people lined the streets of Beirut on Friday to pay their last respects to former Lebanese President and Army Commander, General Fuad Chehab who died on Wednesday.

    The General was 70. It was in 1958 that he was elected President for a six-year term at a time when Lebanon was torn by civil war between the opponents and supporters of the opponents and supporters of Camille Chamoun. He was a member of a prominent Maronite family. The long and distinguished procession was on its way to St. George's Maronite Cathedral.

    His widow and immediate family.... President Franjieh flanked by, on his left, Speaker of Parliament, Kamel al Assad and Prime Minister Amin al Hafez. The procession of mourners numbered several hundreds and included 98 military representatives who headed several army units. The General was given a fitting escort to his last resting place.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6UES37QHD4U5AN1JPUFENZLCD
    Media URN:
    VLVA6UES37QHD4U5AN1JPUFENZLCD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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