Lebanese Interior Minister, Raya Hassan, announced a new decision concerning the removal of cement blocks.
"My decision concerning the removal of cement blocks from congested areas will be applied to the whole Lebanese territory, and additional traffic police and municipal police would be deployed during rush hour." Minister El Hassan said in her tweet.
قراري بشأن إزالة البلوكات الاسمنتية من الاماكن التي تسبّب زحمة سير سينسحب على كامل الاراضي اللبنانية، فضلاً عن زيادة عناصر السير بمؤازرة شرطة البلدية في كل منطقة تشهد ازدحاماً في ساعات الذروة.— Raya Haffar El Hassan (@rayaelhassan) February 18, 2019
Minister El Hassan expressed her concern about traffic issue in Lebanon early this month after ordering the removal of security concrete barriers that were set around the Ministry of Interior in Beirut.
The newly-appointed minister also announced in a tweet that she "will be strict in applying the laws against the harassment of women, children or even men, and will train the elements of the internal security forces within the police community to reduce this phenomenon.
سأتشدّد في تطبيق القوانين ضدّ تعنيف المرأة او الطفل او حتى الرجل، وسيُصار الى تدريب عناصر قوى الامن الداخلي من ضمن ما يُعرف بالشرطة المجتمعية للحدّ من هذه الظاهرة التي كثرت في الفترة الأخيرة.— Raya Haffar El Hassan (@rayaelhassan) February 18, 2019
In the past few days, she also revived some serious debates about the civil marriage among the Lebanese people and officials after she has vowed, along with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, to raise the issue with religious authorities.
"I will try to open the door to a serious and deep dialogue on this issue with all religious and other authorities, and with the support of PM Hariri until civil marriage is recognized,” Hassan said in her interview with Euronews."
A handover ceremony was held last week between Minister El Hassan and former Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk during which she vowed to start working on many projects covering various fields.