August 29, 1991: General Aoun to leave Lebanon

General Aoun to leave Lebanon

General Michel Aoun left Lebanon for exile after 10 months in the French Embassy, but remains for many of his fellow Christians a vital symbol of Lebanese nationalism. A senior Lebanese official said Aoun left for Cyprus before dawn aboard a French naval vessel and will go on to France to take up exile there. Aoun was pardoned in a general amnesty. The popularity of the 55-year-old Maronite Christian general, who became de facto president amid a political crisis in 1988 and fought a failed “War of Liberation” against Syria in 1989, is especially high among Christians. His release capped 10 months of negotiations with the French government. Under the amnesty terms, Aoun is banned from Lebanon for five years and must refrain from all political activity.

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