Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil.(The Daily Star / Mahmoud Kheir)
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Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil pledged Tuesday to secure funds for the controversial salary scale without burdening low-income families with new taxes, while suggesting that Lebanese banks must share the burden.Khalil explained that although he was not invited to these meetings, he nevertheless sent senior officials from the ministry to provide details about the government's finances.Urging politicians not to politicize these measures, Khalil argued that the goal was to improve revenues so that the budget deficit would not exceed 9 percent of the GDP.Khalil also commented on the ongoing efforts to complete the 2014 budget before the expiration of the constitutional deadline.Khalil also suggested there might be irregularities in the Finance Ministry's real estate department, but insisted that he would remove political immunity from any person involved in suspicious deals.
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