A general view of Sahat al-Tal square in Tripoli, Monday, March 2, 2015. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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The Tripoli municipality will go ahead with a project to build an underground parking lot in the city's Al-Tal Square, despite vehement protests from civil society denouncing the move.The municipal council approved the creation of the parking lot after the proposal was initially rejected earlier in February. Tripoli's Mayor Nader Ghazal defended the decision to approve the project, arguing that it would revive the Al-Tal neighborhood, and accusing Mikati of attempting to choreograph a political confrontation in the city.However, Ghazal explained that the municipal council had approved the decision after requesting that certain amendments be made to the original proposal.Ghazal said that the municipality would not wait for a Turkish donation pledged to construct a cultural center in Tripoli.Ghazal called on experts to engage with government decision-makers on ways that the parking lot project could be further enhanced and improved after the suggested amendments are approved by the municipal council.
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