• Short Summary

    Under mounting military and parliamentary pressure Lebanese President Sulei??? Franjieh is clinging to his office?

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    GV City with smoke coming out of buildings during fighting with sound of gunfire (3 shots)
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    SV Gunmen firing
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    GV More shots of the city with smoke and sound of guns firing
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    4.
    CU Chamoun speaking
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    GV Tanks position themselves around city (6 shots)
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    SV Soldiers with map
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    GV Street scenes with army columns (3 shots)
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    SV Soldier outside parliament PAN TO Parliament
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    SCU Kamel Al-Assad speaks in French (2 shots)
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    CHAMOUN: "Even if there is a unanimous vote from the house, nobody can force a president's resignation."




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    This film includes speech by former President Camille Chamoun. A transcript follows:

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Under mounting military and parliamentary pressure Lebanese President Sulei??? Franjieh is clinging to his office after agreeing on Monday (15 March) to step down.

    The 65-year-old President agreed to step down as army commandos, mutinous troops and leftist gunmen prepared to march against him in the capital Beirut. But he insisted that a face-saving formula be found to make his exit look voluntary and that whoever succeeded him as head of state be acceptable to him.

    In the rolling hills east of Beirut, a mixed force of leftwingers and army mutineers of the renegade Lebanese Arab Army advanced to within 10 kilometres (six miles) of the presidential Palace, swearing to storm it.

    Adding to the tension, pro-Syrian Palestinian commandos of the Sauqa movement 10 kilometres south of Beirut were confronting an armoured column of army mutineers who have also sworn to storm the palace.

    The column of tanks; field guns and armoured vehicles rolled towards the city from southern Lebanon. But their advance was halted to avoid a clash with the well-equipped Palestinian force.

    This occurred as Arab diplomatic sources reported that at least 1,000 syrian troops had entered Lebanon in the guise of members of the Palestinian Liberation Army (PAL).

    Syria, fearing total collapse in Lebanon would bring Israeli intervention, played a major role in checking nine months of civil war with a ceasefire on 22 January.

    In the capital, the President still has support from senior politicians who see the efforts made to oust him as completely unconstitutional.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB6POBF9KXJI1CEWDG4YLN1V47
    Media URN:
    VLVAB6POBF9KXJI1CEWDG4YLN1V47
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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