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Hariri Keen on Economic Rescue Plan

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri held telephone calls with World Bank President David Malpas and Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christina Georgieva, and discussed with them the economic and monetary difficulties facing Lebanon, his media office said on Thursday.

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Lebanon Protesters Rally against State Institutions

Protest movement against the political class over official mismanagement and corruption continue in Lebanon for the 57th day with protests taking different shapes from street marches, massive rallies in main squares and protests near the state’s institutions.

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International Transparency: 47 Percent of Lebanese Bribed in Elections

Transparency International published a new report on the level of corruption revealing that Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine top the countries of the Middle East and North Africa in terms of the number of citizens who have been bribed for their votes in elections.

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Private Firms Declare Collective Tax Revolt amid Crisis

Hundreds of private owned businesses announced a collective tax strike that they said would “lend their value to workers instead to maintain their livelihood,” as Lebanon passes through an unprecedented economic crisis that saw hundreds of employees laid off.

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Hariri Cancels Trip to Moscow

Outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri has cancelled a visit scheduled next week to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

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AMAL, Hizbullah Supporters Try to Storm Riad al-Solh, Repelled by Tear Gas

Tension rose in central Beirut when a group of young men tried to attack the epicenter of the anti-government protests, prompting security forces to fire tear gas.

Dozens of men threw stones and Molotov cocktails at anti-riot police who deployed to stop the advancing assailants.

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Hariri Urges 'Harmonious, Credible' Technocrat Government

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday thanked France and the U.N. for the Lebanon support meeting that was held in Paris and called for expediting the formation of a “credible and harmonious” technocrat cabinet.

“I thank France and the United Nations for inviting the International Support Group for Lebanon to today’s meeting in Paris, and I also thank all of Lebanon’s friends, brothers and the representatives of the international institutions who took part in the meeting and expressed their keenness on helping Lebanon overcome the dire economic crisis it is facing,” Hariri said in a statement released by his office.

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Paris Meeting Urges 'Credible Reforms, Reformist Govt.' in Lebanon

A Lebanon support meeting held Wednesday in Paris has urged the crisis-hit country to endorse a “bundle of sustainable, comprehensive and credible economic reforms.”

In a draft closing statement, the International Support Group for Lebanon (ISG) also called on Lebanese authorities to “approve a credible state budget for 2020 within weeks from the formation of the new government.”

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Judge Aoun Orders Arrest of Head of Traffic Management Authority

Mount Lebanon Prosecutor Judge Ghada Aoun on Wednesday ordered the arrest of Huda Salloum, the Director of the Traffic, Trucks and Vehicles Management Authority.

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Hariri Discusses Lebanon Economic Difficulties with British Minister

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday called the British Secretary of State for Middle East and North Africa, Andrew Morrison, Hariri’s office said.

He discussed with him “the economic difficulties that Lebanon is facing and the efforts to tackle the crisis,” the office said in a statement.

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