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Breakthrough Reported In Lebanon Electricity...

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Breakthrough reported in Lebanon electricity dispute

BEIRUT: A breakthrough has reportedly been reached in the dispute over an electricity bill that has sparked tension between Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Gen. Michel Aoun and put Cabinet solidarity in jeopardy.

A ministerial meeting chaired by Mikati Monday was “productive” as proposals brought up during deliberations apparently were OK'ed by Energy Minister Jibran Bassil, Aoun’s son-in-law, the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat reported Wednesday.

Mikati chaired the meeting at the Grand Serail Monday to discuss ways to break a deadlock over the controversial $1.2 billion electricity plan designed to improve power supply in a country suffering from endemic power outages.

Al-Hayat, citing ministerial sources, said Bassil, who did not attend Monday’s meeting, approved the proposals to end the deadlock.

Among the proposals presented was to amend Electricity Law 462 so as to establish a regulatory body to govern the electricity sector, just like other productive sectors. This requires more time before the bill goes for approval, the sources said.

Another suggestion was to assign the private sector in the process of the electricity rehabilitation since the plan includes other stages that require spending of $5 billion to improve energy production to 1500 MW.

The offer also allows Electricite de France, besides the regulatory body, to oversee the plan in terms of implementation and the process of spending, rather than being supervised by a ministerial committee.

Al-Hayat said Monday’s meeting was the result of efforts made by Economy Minister Nicolas Nahhas, who offered several suggestions himself. It was also the result of contacts between Hezbollah and the Amal Movemen and between Hezbollah and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt.

Jumblatt met Monday afternoon with Amal Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and the political aide to Hezbollah leader, Hussein Khalil.

Well-informed sources told Al-Hayat that Hussein Khalil conveyed a letter to Jumblatt from Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah who sought to find out whether Jumblatt’s stance on the electricity bill had any political motive.

Jumblatt, according to the sources, confirmed that the purpose behind blocking the bill was “technical” and that it was designed to improve implementation conditions.

Jumblatt had proposed setting up a technical team to follow up on the implementation of the electricity plan.

Al-Hayat said Mikati will chair a second ministerial meeting on Monday to settle the remaining differences over the electricity plan ahead of a Cabinet session scheduled for Sept. 7.

Yet another success for March 8 (specifically Tayyar), if this is true. Keep the reforms coming....

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Man, M14 must be SO HEATED that M8 block is bringing in all these reforms to stamp-out corruption and ease the mass theft by the Hariri mafia.

The biggest celebration will be when the cell-phone sector is deregulated and the prices plummet off their inflated rip-off highs.

Go Bassil go!

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who needs bullets to kill our enemies ?

In 6 months time the people themselves will be thanking them on the streets

other then the tripolians of coarse !

Oh well if it becomes a competition over who can help the poor more, then im all for it :)

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So how high do you think the rates will be? I bet they will rape everyone with expensive electricity bills.

Why are you being so mean? The sons and daughters of our masters in politics still have to get their latest Ferraris and Lambos and whatnot... Stop being mean, please...

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Why are you being so mean? The sons and daughters of our masters in politics still have to get their latest Ferraris and Lambos and whatnot... Stop being mean, please...

Everyone always accuses me of being mean but I ask real questions LOL.

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