Prime Minister Saad Hariri attends a Cabinet session in Baabda, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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As part of a drive to rein in spending, Prime Minister Saad Hariri Tuesday called on all ministries, government agencies and public institutions to cut their 2018 budgets by 20 percent, without touching salaries and wages. A statement from Hariri's office said the premier had issued a memo calling on all administrations, public institutions and commissions to make the stipulated cuts for inclusion in the 2018 draft state budget.Morcos cited Article 64 of the Lebanese Constitution, which states that the prime minister is the head of the government and speaks on its behalf, and is considered responsible for executing the general policies set by the Cabinet.Economist Ghazi Wazni estimated that the government could save between $350 million and $450 million a year if each ministry decided to cut expenses by 20 percent.
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