Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil.(The Daily Star / Mahmoud Kheir)
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Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and the budget and finance parliamentary committee have failed Tuesday to find an acceptable formula to pay the salaries of civil servants.Khalil, who emerged from a meeting with the committee members, told reporters that he is not going to authorize paying the salaries of government employees end of this month unless the Cabinet holds a meeting and issues a law to open an allocation for this purpose. The minister reiterated that paying the salaries of the civil servants without an official budget or a legal decision taken by the Cabinet is a violation of the rules and regulation of the Finance Ministry.Khalil submitted a 2014 draft budget to the Cabinet two months ago but this was never discussed by the ministers or passed to the Parliament for voting.Sources close to March 14 forces claim that Khalil's decision not to pay the wages of the civil servants is politically motivated.
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