Beirut Mayor Bilal Hamad speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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In all municipalities in Lebanon, the municipal council is tasked to decide on a policy and the mayor is in charge of seeing it through. However, Beirut is an exception – its mayor lacks the executive power to implement policies, which is in the hands of the governor. Hamad said that Beirut's previous acting Governor Nassif Qaloush had blocked the execution of several municipal council decisions.Hamad voiced hope that Chebib would not affect the jurisdiction of the municipal council. He acknowledged that the municipal council and Chebib's new administration needed time to get familiar with each other.The mayor said he would resort to involving Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk to help to solve issues burgeoning between the council and Chebib. Separately, the mayor outlined projects the municipality was working on, including public gardens and parking lots.Hamad also noted that the renovation of the Karantina slaughterhouse would conclude in a month.
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