In Beirut mourners gathered outside the house where the body of former President General Fuad Chehad lay in state.
GV People gathered outside house (3 shots)
SCU PAN Family and mourners
MV & CU Body with military at attention (2 shots)
CU Body to family mourners
GV Military guard around body (3 forces)
PEOPLE OUTSIDE HOUSE: FAMILY AND MOURNERS INTERIOR: MILITARY GUARD AT ATTENTION: BODY AND MOURNERS: MILITARY ROUND BODY.
Initials BB/1740 JS/AW/BB/1734
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Background: In Beirut mourners gathered outside the house where the body of former President General Fuad Chehad lay in state.
General Chehad died of a heart attack on Wednesday (25 April) at the age of 70. He was born in Jounich in the Lebanon and was a member of a prominent Maronite family.
General Chehad first enlisted with the French "troupes speciales" which were set up the then-Mandated Territories. When the forces came under the Syrian and Lebanese governments in 1945, he became Commander in Chief of the Lebanese Army.
Apart from a brief spell in 1952, when he headed a stop-gap government, General Chehad stayed in this post until 1958. Then after the civil war of that year -- subdued by American Marines at the government's request -- he became President.
he remained in office until 1964.
SYNOPSIS: In Beirut, people gathered outside the house where the body of former Lebanese President and Army Commander, General Fuad Chehad, lies in state. General Chehad was commander in Chief of the Lebanese Army for 13 years and President of his country for six.
Inside, family and other mourners mark the death not only of a prominent man but of a relative or friend. General Chehad was a member of a prominent Maronite family. He was born in Jounich.
His army career began with the French "forces speciales" which were set up in the then-Mandated Territories. When they came under Syria and Lebanon in 1945 he became Commander in Chief of the Lebanese Army, a post he kept for thirteen years.
General Chehad became Lebanon's President in 1958 after the civil was between opponents and supporters of his predecessor Camille Chamoun.
He left office in 1964 and has just died of a heart attack.