• Short Summary

    Lebanon's military Government resigned on Monday (26 May) after only three days in power as opposing Palestinian commandos and right-wing Falangists kept up their fighting in and around Beirut.

  • Description

    Lebanon's military Government resigned on Monday (26 May) after only three days in power as opposing Palestinian commandos and right-wing Falangists kept up their fighting in and around Beirut.

    Premier Nureddin Rifai, an 82-year-old retired brigadier and former chief of his country's security forces, said in his letter of resignation to President Suleiman Franjieh -- who had appointed him and his military cabinet only Friday night (23 May) -- that his Government had made partial progress in restoring stability to Lebanon.

    Brigadier Rifai was under great pressure to resign after Moslem leaders -- who represent slightly more than half of Lebanon's population -- said that formation of the military Government violated the country's democratic system.

    President Franjieh asked Brigadier Rifai, with his cabinet of six military officers and one civilian, to continue running the country's affairs until a new Government is formed.

    The resignation of the military regime came after a weak of fighting that has seen at least 60 persons killed.

    Meanwhile, the leader of the Falangist movement, Pierre Gemayyel, held a press conference at which he said he and his right-wing supporters did not oppose the aims of legitimate Palestinian refugees but only those of what he called the Palestinians "who hide themselves behind the real Palestinian question".

    SYNOPSIS: In Beirut, members of the new military Government appointed last Friday night arrive for a meeting on Monday at which they decided to resign. The three-day-old military regime was the shortest-lived Government in the history of Lebanon's 32-year status as an independent state. It had been appointed by President Suleiman Franjieh in an effort to end week-long fighting between Palestinian commandos and right-wing Falangists that has left at least sixty persons dead.

    But from the moment of its appointment, the military regime was under heavy pressure to quit from Lebanon's Moslems, who make up more than half the country's population. They claimed it violated all the ideas and principles of democracy in Lebanon.

    Brigadier Nureddin Rifai, the eighty-two-year-old former security chief who was named Premier on Friday, made the decision to resign. In a letter to President Franjieh, he said he felt the military regime had made partial progress during its brief term in office toward restoring the country's stability.

    The Falangist leader, Mr. Pierre Gamayyel, told the press of his position o the Palestinian question.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAW6171VRSJIS9FMH8XJJ502X
    Media URN:
    VLVAW6171VRSJIS9FMH8XJJ502X
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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