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Lebanese private firms to go on strike next week

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Beirut has announced Lebanon's Economic Committees are set for a nationwide strike next week if a new government fails to materialise, The Daily Star has reported. "The economic bodies called for a strike [Sept. 4] Wednesday in case a government is not formed before next week," health of the chamber, Mohammad Choukeir, told the daily. The strike is set to include banks, malls, shops and other private businesses, Choukeir said.