In this May 28, 2014, file photo, Walid Jumblatt, the political leader of Lebanon's minority Druze sect, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press as he sits in his garden house in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
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Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblatt Monday urged against manipulation in Lebanon's oil and gas sector, citing the country's notorious reputation for corruption.Last week, Speaker Nabih Berri called on six parliamentary committees to participate in the joint meeting scheduled for Tuesday, in order to discuss on-hold draft laws on oil and gas.The consortium submitted two bids for block 4 off the coast just north of Beirut and block 9 off the south Lebanese coast.The current oil and gas explorations began in 2013, but were only restarted in January this year following a near 3-year delay caused, in part, by the 29-month presidential vacuum that ended with the election of Michel Aoun on Oct. 31 .
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