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Cars Queue for Fuel as Customs Strike Sparks Shortage Fears

Lines of cars were seen queuing outside fuel stations in Lebanon on Monday as a customs strike threatened to spark a shortage crisis.

A statement issued by the union of companies that import oil to Lebanon meanwhile said the firms have failed to deliver new stocks to gas stations due to the strike of customs employees.

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'Final' Budget Session Tuesday as Khalil, Abu Faour Slam Bassil over Delay

Information Minister Jamal al-Jarrah announced Monday that the Cabinet will hold its “final session” on the 2019 state budget on Tuesday, as Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil was accused of “delaying” discussions.

“I believe that tomorrow's session will be the final one and today the issue of ministers and MPs' salaries was discussed,” Jarrah said after Monday's session.

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Jumblat Slams 'Chaos, Rejection of Reform' after Serail Scuffles

Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat on Monday criticized retired servicemen who tried to storm the Grand Serail during a cabinet session.

“Is it reasonable when a part of the state watches another part storming the Grand Serail? Is it reasonable to reach this extent of chaos only because it is required to reassess Measure No. 3 in order to curb spending?” Jumblat asked in a tweet.

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Cabinet Says Asmar Should Resign or Be Dismissed

The Cabinet called for the resignation of Beshara al-Asmar, the chief of General Confederation of Lebanese Workers against the backdrop of his leaked insulting remarks about ex-patriarch Beshara al-Rahi, the National News Agency reported on Monday.

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Bassil Threatens to Quit Govt.

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil threatened to resign from the government over accusations that he is delaying the approval of an already complicated state budget, media reports said on Monday.

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Lebanon to Partake in ‘Urgent’ Arab Summit

Prime Minister Saad Hariri is scheduled to lead a delegation to Saudi Arabia to partake in “two emergency summits” in Saudi Arabia to discuss the escalating tensions in the Gulf, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

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Jumblat Warns Arabs against War amid U.S.-Iran Tensions

Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat on Sunday warned Arabs against getting involved in a war in the region amid the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.

“Amid this huge and scary confrontation between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic, and amid the Israeli incitement to warm, we hope no one in the Arab world will get involved, because war will only produce vast devastation,” Jumblat tweeted.

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Kanaan Says 'Late State Budget is Not a Budget'

The head of the Finance Parliamentary Committee MP Ibrahim Kanaan stressed Sunday that a late state budget is not a real budget.

“A budget that is not approved on time is not a budget but rather a de facto situation and the 2019 state budget is eight months late from its constitutional deadline and it should have been passed before the fiscal year’s end so that we implement it,” Kanaan said in an interview with Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3).

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Bassil Withdraws Recognition of GCLW Presidency in Bkirki Visit

Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil on Sunday visited the seat of the Maronite church in Bkirki at the head of a Strong Lebanon bloc and FPM delegation, in the wake of a storm of condemnation sparked by leaked remarks against revered late ex-patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir.

“We stand by Bkirki in its national message,” Bassil said, stressing that “this message cannot be touched and this message will remain even after the departure of Bkirki’s great figures.”

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Bassil: We Insist on a Better Budget Even If It Takes Time

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Saturday began a tour in North Lebanon where he was welcomed by Minister of Justice Albert Serhan, Deputy George Atallah and by crowds of citizens and supporters.

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