File - Firefighters carry the coffin of one of their comrades during his funeral procession in Bashoura, April 28, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Mayor Bilal Hamad said Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk's reprimand against him following an investigation into the deaths of two firefighters was "illegal," shifting blame on the office of the governor instead.Machnouk's decision and the results of the investigation have yet to be made public.According to Law 67, the governor, not the mayor, is considered the executive authority of a municipality.Referring to the reprimand against the Tenders Committee, Hamad argued that tenders had been called for communications equipment to be purchased for Beirut's fire department.
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