Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri gives a speech at his residence in Beirut on eradicating poverty in Lebanon, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (The Daily Star/ Hasan Shaaban)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Tuesday urged the Parliament to pass a crucial bill to combat abject poverty in Lebanon, stressing that there is nothing more important than helping 250,000 Lebanese living under $6 per day.Hariri argued that despite the importance of the presidential election, there is no excuse not to approve Fadel's proposal.For the reason that it fights extreme poverty in Lebanon on one hand, and enhances job opportunities once the economy grows again on the other," Hariri added.The figures indicate that 27 percent of Lebanese are poor and cannot provide their basic needs of living.The World Bank has helped the Lebanese government prepare and implement the project, and granted $ 25 million to provide technical and financial support," the World Bank official said.For his part, lawmaker Fadel gave details about his plan to reduce poverty in the country.
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