Laborers work at a construction site in Jal al-Dib, Thursday, March 15, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon is hoping to raise billions of dollars at a France-led meeting Friday to stave off an economic crisis in the world's third most indebted country.Growth in Lebanon has plummeted in the wake of repeated political crises, compounded by the 2011 breakout of civil war in neighboring Syria.The conflict has sent 1 million Syrian refugees in flight to Lebanon, a country of only 4 million before the conflict.The Paris conference comes as Lebanon gears up for its first general elections in almost a decade, to be held on May 6, after Parliament renewed its own mandate three times since 2009 .In 2016, more than 92 percent of Lebanon's population saw worsening corruption, graft watchdog Transparency International said.In its last report, the watchdog ranked Lebanon 143 out of 180 countries it surveyed for its perceived corruption index.
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