PSP leader Walid Jumblatt attends a meeting of Druze religious figures in Beirut, Friday, June 12 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt Monday accused the Beirut Municipality of wasting the capital's money and failing to protect its heritage sites, drawing a swift rebuke from the mayor who defended his government's actions.Jumblatt's comments came in light of a report in Al-Akhbar newspaper on Monday saying that the municipality of Beirut agreed to buy six new real estate properties in the capital worth $214.1 million.Jumblatt said the money should instead be used to protect heritage sites.Beirut Mayor Bilal Hamad completely rejected Jumblatt's criticisms, saying the municipality is planning to purchase several properties to address four major problem's in the city: parking, the lack of a local vegetable market, a wholesale vegetable market, and a slaughterhouse.
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