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Rival ministers Monday traded barbs over the chronic electricity problem in the latest episode of a long-running political dispute between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Amal Movement. Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, a top political aide to Speaker Nabih Berri, struck back at FPM leader and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who had accused Khalil of withholding funds for an expansion project at the Deir Ammar power plant near the northern city of Tripoli.In a swift response, Khalil hit back at Bassil, accusing him of attempting to steal some $50 million, equivalent to levying value added tax on the Deir Ammar project.Khalil said that with his accusation, Bassil, who had served as energy minister, was trying to cover up the FPM's failure to ensure electricity supply in Lebanon.Monday's was not the first verbal feud between Bassil and Khalil.
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