Picture from Al-Akhbar

The Shura Council has suspended Culture Minister Gaby Layyoun’s decision to allow construction on the site of a Roman hippodrome in Downtown Beirut, following opposition from civil society activists. [Link]

The funny part is that the Culture Minister, who is supposed to be protecting and preserving such sites, was the one who “vociferously defended” the decision to go ahead with the project back in March 2012.