Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil.(The Daily Star / Mahmoud Kheir)
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Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil has refused to authorize extra-budgetary spending unless the draft state budget for 2014 he prepared is approved, political sources said Saturday.A report published in Al-Akhbar said Khalil informed ministers during this week's Cabinet session of his decision, saying that the previous Cabinet's move and the ceiling of the 2005 budget were not enough to cover public spending.Khalil reportedly warned that approving loans to ministers via a Cabinet decision was illegal, the local daily quoted the minister as saying.
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