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Under President Camille Chamoun, Chehab earned a reputation as a peacemaker during the 1958 civil conflict, in which he sought to retain order across the country rather than quash the largely Muslim rebelling factions.After this stormy, sectarian chapter in Lebanon, Chehab was elected president on July 31, 1958, with an overwhelming 48 out of 66 Parliamentary votes.A reformist at heart, Chehab sought to integrate long-marginalized Muslim communities into the public sector. "I resigned after realizing that it would be difficult for me to defeat an internal enemy," Chehab told Jumblatt, according to a book on the Druze leader by Ezzat Safi.Immediately after his resignation, however, 91 out of 99 deputies signed a petition requesting Chehab withdraw his resignation, which he reluctantly did.
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