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The socio-economic challenges that any new Lebanese government will need to tackle are almost unprecedented.Given the unprecedented size of the crisis – more than 1 million Syrian refugees and another 1 million poor Lebanese, the government must directly target them with assistance.Several challenges await the government. Although 80 percent of the almost 1,000 municipalities are administratively weak and have few resources, there are 50 to 80 strong municipalities in Lebanon that can take the lead when it comes to developmental issues.The government should enhance these municipalities' fiscal capabilities in at least four ways. A previous study financed by the World Bank and executed by ICMA for the Interior and Municipalities Ministry has shown that the government has withdrawn and deducted $1.26 billion from the IMF over a 10-year period to pay for solid waste collection (in other words Sukleen and five other companies), civil defense, the CDR, villages without municipalities and other expenses.
Municipal reform is particularly urgent
Legislating for their own necessity
What decentralization law do parties really want?
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