Public Works Minister Ghazi Zeaiter speaks at a news conference, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Politicians sparred Thursday as Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Zeaiter dismissed claims of the unfair allocation of development funds for Lebanon after reports surfaced alleging Christian areas where being deprived.The report specifically pointed out that the Baalbek-Hermel districts in the northern Bekaa Valley region are allocated more funds than three Mount Lebanon districts combined.It is considered, along with Tripoli, to be one of the poorest districts in Lebanon. He then highlighted that Zahle, a Catholic majority city in the Bekaa, is to receive 50 percent of the funds allocated for that area. Zeaiter also announced that the Maameltein bridge in the Jounieh area required LL2 billion in repairs.MTV responded to Zeaiter Thursday evening with a new report stating that the Metn and Kesrouan districts pay 60 percent of state taxes yet only receives 5percent of services.
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