Franjieh, Suleiman

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Franjieh, Suleiman

 

Born June 14, 1910, in Zgharta, northern Lebanon. Lebanese statesman.

The son of a landowner, Franjieh is a Maronite Christian. In 1931 he graduated from a college in Aynturah, near Beirut. In 1960, for the first of several times, he was elected a deputy to the parliament, and he later became a cabinet member. Franjieh was president of the Lebanese Republic from 1970 to 1976. During the political crisis of 1975–76, the right-wing Christian forces of Lebanon grouped around him.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"What a coincidence that Youssef Franjieh was killed in the shooting attack, only two months after he announced on OTV [Orange television] that he had opened fire on LF chief Samir Geagea during the Ehden massacre," he added, referring to the killing of Toni Franjieh, Suleiman's father, and dozens of family members in a raid on his residence in Ehden in 1978.