As agriculture minister, Chehayeb was confronted with the closure of traditional land export routes for fruits and vegetables. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Caretaker Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb said in a wide-ranging interview that the term he served in the outgoing Cabinet was one of the most difficult periods in his political career. As a new government is formed under recently elected President Michel Aoun, Chehayeb told The Daily Star that he hopes his successor will be able to sustain the work done despite many challenges.The issue was initially handled by Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk, but Chehayeb was later delegated with this task.Chehayeb said that areas surrounding the Naameh landfill will begin to benefit from round-the-clock electricity starting Nov. 25 .However, trash wasn't the only hurdle that made Chehayeb had to overcome during his term.Chehayeb said he hoped that his successor would be able to work with the state authorities to better control the situation and monitor products incoming into Lebanon.Chehayeb expressed pride in this campaign and the work caretaker Health Minister Wael Abu Faour has done. He said it was a rare experience for two ministries to work and cooperate together for the benefit of Lebanese citizens.
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