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This week on Marketplace Middle East

updated 5:22 AM EST, Fri December 2, 2011
As Egypt goes to the polls this week in the first elections since President Mubarak was removed from office, MME takes a closer look at the economic climate.
As Egypt goes to the polls this week in the first elections since President Mubarak was removed from office, MME takes a closer look at the economic climate.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • As sanctions were placed on Syria this week, trading partners Iraq and Lebanon opposed the measures
  • MME talks to Lebanese Minister of Economy and Trade, Nicolas Nahas about Lebanon's decision
  • MME looks at the state of Egypt's economy and the future outlook as the country heads to the polls

(CNN) -- FACETIME: Nicolas Nahas, Lebanon Minister of Economy and Trade

Foreign Ministers from 19 Arab League nations voted to impose diplomatic and economic sanctions on the government of Syria this week, but not everyone supported the sanctions. Two of Syria's biggest trading partners, Iraq and Lebanon, opposed the economic measures. MME spoke to the Lebanese Minister of Economy and Trade, Nicolas Nahas and asked him about Lebanon's decision to disassociate itself from the vote.

IN FOCUS: Egypt's Economic Climate

Egyptians headed to the polls this week in the first election since overthrowing President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. The country's elections are not only important for social stability, but also vital to the country's economic future which has deteriorated due to ongoing political unrest. MME takes a closer look at the economic climate in Egypt.

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