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Election session to close off Beirut's Central District

Road closures have become a regular experience for residents and workers in Downtown Beirut, as Parliament makes repeated attempts to achieve quorum for an electoral session. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: The ISF announced Tuesday that it would close off the main roads in Beirut’s Central District Wednesday, in light of Parliament's election session.

According to a statement released by the ISF, security forces will close off Masaref Street entirely starting at 7 a.m. and will continue to block roads until the session has ended.

Roads will also be closed near the Zouqaq al-Blat Mosque all the way to Riad al-Solh Square, cutting of roads leading to the Markaziah building. The lockdown will also isolate roads leading from the Nahar building to Masaref Street.

The ISF urged citizens to adhere to guidelines and directions issued by police to facilitate traffic flow and avoid backups.

This is the eighth attempted Parliament session to elect a new president that has shut down Downtown Beirut. Wednesday's session is also expected to fail, as March 8 MP's continue to boycott election sessions due to the lack of a consensus candidate.





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