Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Rome II conference on March 15, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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on the rise as Lebanon polls draw closerPolitical tension, manifested in an exchange of inflammatory comments and a war of words between many rival factions, is escalating as the country is edging closer to its first parliamentary elections in nine years.Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Monday the government would submit to the CEDRE conference, set for April 6, not only its Capital Investment Program, but also a comprehensive vision for stability and sustainable long-term growth and job creation. He said the CEDRE conference to support investment in Lebanon's infrastructure was another sign of the international community's commitment to the country's economic stability.Hariri warned the international community that failure to help Lebanon cope with the dire consequences of hosting 1.5 million Syrian refugees would push the displaced to seek refuge elsewhere.Meanwhile, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said that heightened political tension was a natural hallmark of the electoral process, but that it should not continue after the elections.
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