Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri (C) sits next to Minister of Public Health Ghassan Hasbani (L) during a parliament session in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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When the Lebanese learned that the new government would include a minister of state for combating corruption, there was much celebration, with fireworks galore, cocktails and even exchanges of gifts over this unique development.That's perplexing, especially as it's impossible to take five steps in Lebanon without encountering corruption in some form.In fact, the same people who were celebrating no longer remember the minister's name, and were it not for the sporadic vague statements issued by his information office, the Lebanese would forget that such a ministry even existed.
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