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Lebanon / Power Struggle #244814

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 12, 1976
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(Studio) President Suleiman Franjieh defies order by army Brigadier General Aziz Ahdab to resign. Ahdab says he may use force if parliament doesn't remove Franjieh legally. Curfew on Beirut lifted. Airport closed. Roadblocks isolate Beirut. Brief fighting reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Beirut, Lebanon) Ahdab, 58, declares self temporary military ruler. He claims no political ambition and calls for Franjieh's resignation, election of new president in week, restoration of civilian government, continued Syrian peace initiative and amnesty for army deserters. IAL ANDAB - says will remain in power until new president elected in 1 week] February 7, 1976, film shows Franjieh meeting with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. Assad refuses to intervene on Franjieh's behalf. Christian Phalangist party holds meeting but takes no position. No endorsement comes from Lieutenant Amad al Khatib, leader of mutineers.

(Studio) Airport reopens. Israeli troops on border placed on full military alert.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Lee, Mike

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