Frequent lockdowns around Lebanon parliament hurt businesses

Lebanese feed pigeons near the four–faced Rolex clock tower at the Parliament square, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Not even tourists can set foot anywhere in the area during the twice-monthly lockdowns as lawmakers meet. On Wednesday, for the twenty-third time in a row, they failed to elect a president. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)BEIRUT (AP) — On days like Wednesday, when the Lebanese parliament convenes for yet another attempt at electing the country's president, shopkeeper Jamal Baghdadi cannot get a single client through the doors of his souvenir shop in Beirut's historic city center, a stone's throw from the landmark limestone building.

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