File - A general view of Tripoli, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Despite the relative calm imposed by a government-sponsored security plan, political divisions in Tripoli continue to paralyze the northern city, eating away at its public services, security and infrastructure.Shortly after the security plan achieved a measure of peace, the various factions and leaders began to fight over conditions required for the reconstruction and development of Tripoli to take place, with old rivalries resurfacing and rumors of new alliances casting a pall of uncertainty over the city's future. Former Minister Faisal Karami, after gathering nearly 4,000 people in the courtyard of his residence in Tripoli, launched a blistering attack on the Future Movement in light of its ally Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea's nomination for president.Former lawmaker Mustafa Alloush of the Future Movement offered his own reading of the current political landscape in Tripoli, differing on some of Sharif's points but echoing others.Lebanon is divided horizontally and vertically, Alloush said, and the only thing preventing the cold war between its factions from igniting is March 14's decision not to take up arms. He also said the political conditions were still unripe for a development plan for Tripoli.
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