Parliament's Finance and Budget committee held a meeting attended by Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (The Daily Star, HO)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil Tuesday said the only means to allocate extra-budgetary spending was via a Cabinet law, maintaining that his move to block funds to ministries was not politically motivated.The Finance Committee convened earlier Tuesday and adopted Khalil's decision to refrain from approving extra-budgetary spending unless Parliament passes an exclusive law that would allow the Cabinet to do so.Khalil has refused to authorize extra-budgetary spending for ministers unless the draft state budget for 2014 he prepared is approved. Defense Minister Samir Moqbel Tuesday said the decision to freeze funds for ministries pending the approval of the draft state budget obstructs the work of the Lebanese Army at a critical time.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE