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Mona Fawaz and Mona Harb

The Mayor of the One Percent

[Beirut Municipality, by Elie Plus via Wikimedia Commons]

Recently, Dr. Bilal Hamad, the head of the Municipality of Beirut, or mayor, made statements defending his record. His comments revealed a profound sense of frustration at the mayor’s subordinate position to that of the mohafez, or governor, who can veto and delay the municipality’s initiatives.  Having heard this explanation for the deplorable performance of the city’s municipality for over a decade, and being involved in researching and teaching the institutional ...

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Mona Fawaz is an associate professor in urban studies and planning, and Mona Harb a professor in urban studies and politics, at the American University of Beirut.