The Lebanese Budget Dilly-Dallies in The Cabinet

Published May 2nd, 2019 - 11:45 GMT
Lebanese President Michel Aoun (C) chairs the new government's first cabinet meeting. (AFP/ File Photo)
Lebanese President Michel Aoun (C) chairs the new government's first cabinet meeting. (AFP/ File Photo)
Highlights
Cabinet to have the 3rd session to discuss the 2019 draft budget.

Cabinet convened Thursday for a third session to discuss the 2019 draft state budget.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s session, Khalil said, “Today was a new day and political bickering and disruption on the budget have ended.”

The ministers are expected to meet daily, at least through the weekend, so that the draft budget can be endorsed quickly and referred to Parliament.

The draft budget, which seeks to reduce the state deficit and generate revenues - a key demand of international donors - has drawn criticism in recent days because of provisions related to former military and security personnel, including a 3 percent cut to retirement wages for military men.


This article has been adapted from its original source.


Copyright © 2019, The Daily Star. All rights reserved.

You may also like