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Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up

  1. Former Minister Youssef Fenianos obstructs Beirut blast investigations, once again.
 
 
 
 
 
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Once again, the accused ministers in the port explosion case were successful in impeding the inquiry and wasting time. Judge Habib Mezher, the head of the Beirut Court of Appeals, made a judgment to temporarily halt Judge Tarek Bitar’s work on the probe until the Court decides on former Minister Youssef Fenianos’ plea to dismiss him. Judge Bitar will have to put the probe on hold until he receives the Court of Appeals’ final ruling.

  1. PM Mikati asks Kordahi to do the right thing and submit his resignation.
 
 
 
 
 
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Prime Minister Najib Mikati called on Information Minister George Kordahi to acknowledge his spirit of nationalism and take the proper decision, in a legitimate call for his resignation from the government.

Mikati opposed the government’s involvement in the judiciary, as requested by the Shiite duo’s ministers, in an address delivered at the Grand Serail upon his return from the climate change summit in Glasgow. Despite this, he advocated for “rectifying the excesses perpetrated by the judicial investigator” in investigating presidents and ministers, elevating himself above Judge Tarek Bitar in terms of constitutional interpretation.

  1. Price of bread on rise: 1,200g bread bundle for 9,500 LBP.
 
 
 
 
 
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The increased bread prices, which were determined by Economy Minister Amin Salam on Wednesday, will go into effect today. Salam had earlier lowered the weight of the big bread bundle from 850g to 810g while maintaining the price of LBP 7,000, as well as the weight of the small bread bundle from 400g to 380g while maintaining the price of LBP 5,000.

Salam went over and beyond to aid bakery operators and save them money on nylon bags by introducing a new 1,200g bread bundle that would be offered in stores for LBP 9,500.

  1. 50 lawyers have pledged to represent the families of victims of Tleil explosion.

On the proposal of the Tripoli Bar Association, the committee following up on the rights of the victims of the Tleil explosion designated a number of attorneys to legally pursue the matter on Monday evening.

After the matter was referred to it by the Military Court, the legal team will file cases on behalf of the relatives of the Lebanese and Syrian victims and injured before the Judicial Council. The team comprises of more than 50 attorneys who have vowed to defend the families and the injured “in order to unearth the truth, apprehend the offenders, and protect the victims’ rights.”

  1. Saudi Arabia takes extreme measure against Lebanon: Halting import and business operations.

Saudi Arabia Announced Severe Measures After Political Unrest With Lebanon (the961.com)

Due to the unstable security situation, imports from Lebanon to the KSA would be banned, and Saudi citizens will be barred from visiting Lebanon. In addition, DHL postal deliveries between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia have been halted. KSA has also closed several corporate offices in Lebanon, notably MBC.

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