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Timour Azhari
Beirut Correspondent, Al Jazeera English online. DM me or email at Azharit@aljazeera.net. Ex-senior reporter . RTs/likes ≠ endorsements.
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Timour Azhari 24m
TV presenter to finance minister Ghazi Wazni: Is House Speaker [Nabih] Berri satisfied with your performance? Wazni: Yes Q: Are you satisfied with your performance? Wazni: No (Berri appointed Wazni & is reported to have exerted control over his decisions).
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Timour Azhari 48m
’s finance minister says country’s “collapse will accelerate in 2021” without reform & IMF program.
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Timour Azhari 58m
finance minister Wazni on country’s financial crisis: “The way things are going with [dealing with] the banking sector, depositors won’t get their money... their deposits are melting.”
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Replying to @timourazhari
2/2 Elie Ferzli, the deputy house speaker, said MPs would tomorrow voice support for a bill to audit all state institutions: “This audit wont be allowed to bypass a single ministry, a single fund, a single alleyway." Strategy clear?
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Timour Azhari 4h
(1/2) Some Lebanese regime mouthpieces are arguing for a forensic audit of “all state institutions" -- not just the Central Bank Translation: Everything or nothing. This should be seen as nothing more than an attempt to further (& perhaps forever) delay an audit.
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Timour Azhari 5h
Nearing the end of a 2-week COVID lockdown, records a record 24 deaths and 1859 new cases (out of 11,804 tests) in the last 24 hours. Test positivity of 15.7% points to many more cases going undetected.
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Timour Azhari 5h
Replying to @timourazhari
To be clear: humanitarian aid to cushion Lebanon's collapse, rather than loans/grants for development projects. Conference was supposed to be held end of Oct but was postponed amid deadlock over Cabinet formation.
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Timour Azhari 5h
: France will host an international aid conference for online on Dec. 2, Reuters reports.
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Timour Azhari 5h
Macron wanted a "new political pact" for Lebanon. Instead, he's getting fan mail from Lebanese politicians.
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Timour Azhari 7h
Small group of protesters march to Beirut blast investigator Fadi Sawan’s (reported) home to demand accountability, defying a COVID lockdown.
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Timour Azhari Nov 25
Nouh Zaeiter, ’s most wanted drug lord, pledges to buy a new car for a taxi driver whose car was stolen & wrecked during a prison break a few days ago. Presenter: “And he’ll do it! He’ll do it.”
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Timour Azhari Nov 25
Note: It's ridiculous that we have to rely on anonymous sources to get info about a letter the top judge investigating one of 's worst-ever crimes sent to parliament, the supposed representative of the people. Where is the public interest in this?
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Timour Azhari Nov 25
Replying to @sanleb
He's his own thing now.
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Timour Azhari Nov 25
An update on the probe some 4 months later. Importantly, the lead judge suspects ministers of responsibility (reports by many journalists showed this was the case). Still, the path to accountability is difficult. Here’s what you need to know in 2 mins ⬇️
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Timour Azhari Nov 25
Replying to @henrichaoul
When was this broadcast?
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Timour Azhari Nov 25
Q: What do you do when fast approaching minimum reserves at the Central Bank? A: Implement reforms & an audit that could unlock billions of $ in aid...? Nope. Lower the minimum reserve threshold. Bravo 👏🏽 👏🏽
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Timour Azhari Nov 25
“They are not martyrs, they are victims. Martyrs go to battle. What were these people doing? Paying their loans at the bank? Their internet?” From victims protest near Parliament earlier today.
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Timour Azhari Nov 25
Replying to @EliasHankach
Fmr MP was a member of the parliamentary court that’s supposed to hold ministers to account. He tells me the court “will be unable to do anything b/c ministers are picked by this parliament & MPs won’t be holding people representing them/their allies accountable.”
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Timour Azhari Nov 25
investigator Fadi Sawan has asked MPs to probe 10 current/former ministers who knew highly explosive material was at the port since 2013 but failed to act This dims hopes of high-level accountability: MPs have never held a minister to account
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Timour Azhari Nov 25
Diab has cast himself as a man confronting a deeply entrenched “regime of corruption” in -- an insider-outsider PM fighting the corruption of the ruling class, even though that class chose him for the job.
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