Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Friday, July 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Interior Minsiter Nouhad Machnouk warned Tuesday of looming security concerns in Lebanon that promise to be graver than those burdening other parts of the region, as he stood by his decision to hold off on the parliamentary vote.According to the interior minister, if polls are held in Lebanon, the country could witness tensions worse than those in Iraq and Syria because citizens make electoral decisions according to "tribal mentalities".The problem in Lebanon is not merely an issue of border-control, but is also linked to the degree to which Lebanese mentalities are impacted by the struggle in Iraq and Syria, he said. The interior minister forecasted a prolonged vacancy that wouldn't be resolved any time soon given strategic differences between Lebanon's rival parties, especially those pertaining to Hezbollah's involvement in the crisis in neighboring Syria.According to the interior minister, Lebanon hasn't directly communicated with the Syrian government through security channels.
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