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mm& II 2 iv ---J X Palm Beach Post, Thursday, December 9, 1976 A9 Moslem Premier Named in Lebanon Soviets: End Trade Boycott frOk. i W XT V 1 it ' - ; BEIRUT, Lebanon (UPI) - President Elias Sarkis yesterday named Selim El Hoss, a 46-year-old U.S.-educated Moslem, as premier to form a reconstruction government to rebuild Lebanon from the ruins of 19 months of civil war. A presidential spokesman said "as a result of consultations conducted by President Elias Sarkis to form a new cabinet, his excellency charged Selim El Hoss to form the government." Hoss, a banker and long-time associate of Sarkis, a Christian, is expected to assemble a 10 to 12-man government of "technocrats," economists and engineers, instead of the seasoned political and factional leaders who took most cabinet posts, parliamentary sources said. Sarkis began his consultations with parliamentary blocks on a new government Tuesday and named Hoss to head it less than 48 hours later. Sarkis concluded his talks earlier yesterday by conferring with Rashid Karami, who served as premier in the government under former President Suleiman Franjieh that disintegrated during the war. Karami, also a Moslem, said after meeting Sarkis, "We need a government that has the confidence of everyone." Hoss, who studied at the University of Indiana and is a former professor of economics at the American University of Beirut, is a neutral Moslem who did not participate in the civil war. He headed Lebanon's Industrial Development Bank at the outbreak of the 19-month war, while Sarkis was governor of the Central Bank. As Sarkis' economic adviser, Hoss has already drafted a multibillion-dollar reconstruction plan to piece together the country's shattered UPI Telephoto Apartment Complex Collapsed by Earthquake Force Quake Rocks S. African Gold Mining Town economy. Representatives of Lebanon's 73 commercial banks discussed plans to resume business after a new government is formed. They pledged in a statement "to honor all their commitments under existing agreements and contracts." "Suddenly the ground was moving violently, cars were bouncing around and people rushed into the streets by falling masonry and one resident estimated about half the shop windows on the main street were smashed. Municipal offices were flooded by burst water mains and three houses caught fire. MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviets are sending strong signals to Washington during the White House transition period that they want to rekindle dampened trade relations despite recent Kremlin assertions that Russia can thrive without American business. The Soviet message is not new in substance but it seems to carry a sense of urgency and accommodation not seen here since trade detente collapsed in early 1975. The essence is that Moscow would like to do real business with America if Congress will repeal the trade law, which is regarded here as a slap in the face. In return for repeal of the Jack-son-Vanik Amendment to the 1974 Trade Act, the Soviets have hinted they may ease some of their traditionally awkward business practices and turn this country into a more profitable market for the United States. Leonid I. Brezhnev gathered a group of leading American businessmen around him last week and told them restrictive U.S. trade policies have resulted in the loss of nearly $2 billion worth of Soviet trade with America over the past two years. The Communist party chief clearly was not addressing just the businessmen, who already have counted their losses and have taken a stand against the restrictions. The law places a $300 million ceiling on Export-Import Bank credits and withholds most-favored-nation status - which would lower tariffs on imports - from Communist countries that restrict emigration. Since the trade law has done little for either emigration or business, the Kremlin evidently is hoping the Carter administration and the new Congress will take a fresh look at the legislation. Some 200 American businessmen, here for the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Trade Council meeting earlier this month, were urged to put pressure in the right places when they get home. Some western specialists believe the Soviets are putting too much hope on repeal of U.S. legislative restrictions. They say even if Congress does change its mood - and there are few signs of such a change -the Soviets are ignoring other obstacles that may lie in the path of significant U.S. -Soviet trade growth. O WEEKEND SPECIAL n ii innor TRUCKL0AD SALE ,M CHRISTMAS CACTUS H 49 uiuunoc shaft in the gold mine and scores of windows smashed onto cracked sidewalks. Civic officials fear more deaths would be reported as rubble was cleared. "There's just rubble," said Colleen Futter, manager of an air charter company, after she drove past the destroyed Tempest Hof apartments. "There were masses of people around, earth-moving equipment, police and ambulances." The quake occurred at 10:38 a.m. (3:38 a.m. EST) and cut some telephone lines to the dusty but neatly laid out community which is South Africa's biggest gold mining town. Scores of automobiles were dented JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (UPI) - An earthquake rocked a gold mining town yesterday with a series of upheavals that killed one miner and collapsed a four-story block of apartments. Witnesses said the quake at Wel-kotn, 175 miles southwest of Johannesburg, lasted nearly two minutes and measured 4.8 on the Richter scale. Anglo-American Corp., owners of the Welkom Gold mine, said one miner was killed. Three others trapped at the nearby President Brand Gold Mine were rescued. Minimal damage was reported to the mines. 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