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State-run Tele Liban and Radio Lebanon should be partially privatized in a bid to cut government costs and curb mismanagement and financial losses, according to caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachi. Riachi, who has been working on the privatization file for over two months, said partial privatization is the only solution to the many financial and administrative problems facing the state-run stations, which he said he believes are influenced by bureaucracy and political bickering.Riachi's comments came after Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri last week approved Riachi's request to partially privatize TL and Radio Lebanon.Disputes followed within the government, mainly between Riachi and caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, on the appointment of a new chairperson.
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