Participants in the Economic Committees conference pose for a picture during the opening of an event in Biel, Beirut, June 25, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hassan Shaaban)
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A gathering of businessmen Thursday accused the political class of deteriorating the financial situation in Lebanon through their "deliberate" paralysis of state institutions.Mohamed Choucair, the president of Beirut's Chamber of Commerce, told an Economic Committees conference at BIEL that the political deadlock in Lebanon was "a planned suicide" and "crime against the nation". The conference was attended by Lebanese businessmen, the General Labor Confederation and a number of civil society groups.Lebanon has been gripped by a political crisis since rival parties failed to elect a successor to President Michel Sleiman, whose tenure ended in May 2014 .
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