Transportation and Public Works Minister Ghazi Zeaiter speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Public Works Minister Ghazi Zeaiter Thursday harshly responded to recent claims concerning unfair spending in development projects around Lebanon, where reports had surfaced that majority Christian areas were being given fewer funds.The report specified that the Baalbek-Hermel districts in the northern Bekaa region had more money spent on them than three Mount Lebanon districts combined."Zghorta and Bsharri, which we can say are two Christian areas, received LL25,800,000,000 in funds, which was given to Baalbek-Hermel, which makes up 27% of the country's area," he clarified, comparing funds to the area size of every district. He explained that his ministry had given the biggest portion of money to regions such as Akkar in north Lebanon- considered the poorest region in the country along with Tripoli- the higher areas of the Jbeil district in Mount Lebanon, Dinnieh in north Lebanon and east Lebanon's Zahle. He elaborated by saying that the "Catholic" Zahle district received over 50 percent of the funds allocated for the Bekaa region in 2015, where Zahle centers.
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