Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb attends a ceremony in Baabda. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir/File)
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Lebanese are set to suffer through another weekend of rotting garbage, as a Friday Grand Serail meeting failed to find a way around obstacles to Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb's trash plan. Prime Minister Tammam Salam chaired the meeting with Chehayeb and Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, who have been canvassing the country trying to sell the plan to wary residents. Under its terms, authorities would move tens of thousands of tons of trash to a reopened Naameh landfill, and begin sending waste to four other locations around the country over the coming 18 months.Residents in the concerned areas are stiffly opposed to the plan.Ayache rejected a reporter's accusation that the activists are the last obstacle in the way of the trash plan's implementation. He contended that the area's mayors, who had agreed to the plan, were corrupt. Chehayeb urged residents of Akkar and the Bekaa to tolerate the proposed landfills.
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