• Short Summary

    General Aziz Al-Ahdab, the Beirut District Commander of the Lebanese army who declared a state of emergency on Friday (12 March) has continued to insist on the resignation of President Suleiman Franjieh of Lebanon.

  • Description

    General Aziz Al-Ahdab, the Beirut District Commander of the Lebanese army who declared a state of emergency on Friday (12 March) has continued to insist on the resignation of President Suleiman Franjieh of Lebanon.

    For his part, President Franjieh told Lebanese members of parliament on Saturday (13 March) that he would resign if 66 of the 99 deputies voted that he should go.

    But later the same day it was reported from Beirut that he had refused to resign his office, despite the fact that a two-thirds majority of parliament were calling for his resignation.

    The deadlock was accompanied by bloodshed in the street of Beirut and security forces said that 12 people were killed, mainly by snipers.

    General Ahdab, who is in the forefront of the present Lebanese crisis, maintains that his move was simply a rescue mission, aimed at ending a seemingly intractable situation involving an epidemic of army mutinies and the steady crumbling of the seven-week old ceasefire.

    While he now calls himself the "Temporary Military Governor" of the Lebanon, he says he will "bow gracefully from the stage" as soon as his mission is completed.

    SYNOPSIS: In Beirut tension mounted again on Friday as a confrontation developed between the Lebanese military and parliament. General Aziz Al-Ahdab, who now calls himself the "Temporary Military Governor" of the Lebanon has insisted that President Suleiman Franjieh should resign, but so far the President has resisted all efforts to force him to do so. These moves came after General Ahdab - officially the Beirut District Commander of the Lebanese army - had declared a state of emergency.

    On Saturday President Franjieh withdrew an offer to resign if a two-thirds majority of parliament wished him to go after officers loyal to him seized two barracks and a naval base.

    The deadlock has been accompanied by bloodshed in the streets of Beirut and security forces said that on Friday twelve people were killed, mainly by snipers. General Ahdab, who is a leading figure in the present stage of the Lebanese crisis, maintains that his move was simply a rescue mission, aimed at ending a seemingly intractable situation involving an epidemic of army mutinies and the crumbling of the seven-week old ceasefire.

    He startled the country by going on television to demand a new President and government - from the vantage point of a military man not identified with any political grouping. He says he will bow gracefully from the stage as soon as his mission of uniting a deeply divided nation is completed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABAOBX194EN85GSNKBABQ4N164
    Media URN:
    VLVABAOBX194EN85GSNKBABQ4N164
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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