MP Mohammad Choucair arrives at the Parliament in Beirut, Feb. 15, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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Telecoms Minister Mohamed Choucair will hold a news conference Friday to defend a decision to purchase a building worth $75 million that has been requested to be halted. The day after Choucair announced the move to buy the building from cellphone operator touch, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil ordered a halt to the decision.Khalil requested the Telecommunications Ministry halt its decision to purchase a building worth $75 million for mobile operator touch so that the deal could be made "according to ... laws," in a Finance Ministry statement last Friday. Khalil sent a letter to Choucair's office, noting that the revenues generated by touch and Alfa, the two mobile companies operating Lebanon's cellular networks, were "public money belonging to the state".
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