A scrap collector pulls a teddy bear from a temporary garbage dump in an eastern suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on March 4, 2016. AFP / PATRICK BAZ
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Protesters rallied Monday for a third day against the potential establishment of a landfill site in Jiyyeh, south of Beirut, as several ministers warned of the imminent resignation of the Cabinet over its perceived incompetence in dealing with the ongoing garbage crisis. The Union of Municipalities of Iqlim al-Kharroub organized a protest outside a stone quarry in Jiyyeh to demonstrate the possible establishment of a landfill in the coastal town. Health Minister Wael Abu Faour, following a meeting with Speaker Nabih Berri also warned of the results of the government's failure to manage the crisis.Salam tasked Abu Faour Monday with mitigating the tensions between the head of the Central Inspection Department Judge George Awwad and General Financial Inspector Salah al-Danaf.The activists rallied at the office in order to pressure officials to meet, as the CID's executive committee had not done so for over a year despite the onset of the garbage crisis and the need for the department's role to oversee public expenditure.Awwad accused Danaf of hindering CID committee meetings and claimed that he and his family were linked to corruption files.Danaf responded by accusing Awwad of falsifying the minutes of the body's previous meetings. Abu Faour insisted that Awwad ought to remain in his role and not resign.
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