LEBANON: Back to the Brink with a Demi-Coup

Again, things blew up in Lebanon, giving the rest of the world a grim sense of déjà vu. Beirut's television station suddenly interrupted a news broadcast last Thursday to present startled viewers with the grim visage of Brigadier General Aziz Ahdab, commander of the Beirut military region. In cool, measured tones, he proclaimed a state of emergency and declared that he had just taken control of the country as Military Governor. Giving no hint as to his source of support, Ahdab called on President Suleiman Franjieh and Premier Rashid Karami to resign within 24 hours, "for the sake of...

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