Middle East: A Pledge for Unity

President Gemayel vows to link Christian and Muslim

"This is not the time for tears. It is the time for work." So declared Amin Gemayel, 40, last week as he addressed the members of the Lebanese Parliament, who had just elected him by a vote of 77 to 0 to a six-year term as President of their fragmented country. Gemayel spoke while standing beneath a black-draped portrait of his brother Bashir Gemayel, 34, who was killed by a bomb blast on Sept. 14, nine days before he was to have assumed the presidency. In that...

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