Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Choucair speaks at a news conference in Beirut, Friday, Aug. 9 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Choucair Friday defended his decision to buy a $75 million building in Downtown Beirut for state-run mobile operator touch, claiming he had saved money for the state in the long run. Choucair's decision to buy the building, which sits on one of Lebanon's most expensive real estate, has been met with pushback from many sides, including the Court of Audit, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and the head of Parliament's Media and Communications Committee, MP Hussein Hajj Hasan.The government last year paid about $6.4 million for the first installment of a 10-year contract to rent the building, Choucair has said.
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