Minister Nabil De Freij speaks during an interview in Beirut, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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State Minister for Administrative Reform Nabil de Freij Tuesday urged the finance minister to apply the old laws that authorize extra-budgetary spending to pay public sector employees' future salaries.Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Monday Parliament needs to pass a law authorizing the Cabinet to issue foreign-currency denominated debt and to approve extra-budgetary spending, prompting concerns that civil servant salaries would go unpaid.De Freij signaled out two urgent matters: settling $800 million Eurobonds payment which is due in August and the controversial salary scale issue.
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