BEIRUT: Civil servants will receive their paychecks at the end of July, Telecoms Minister Boutros Harb said Thursday after talks with Prime Minister Tammam Salam.
“Employees’ salaries for this month will be paid,” Harb told reporters following an hour-long meeting with Salam at the Grand Serail. “The current bickering between the Finance Minister and the Future bloc is over a spending mechanism."
Harb said talks with Salam focused on ideas out of the government crisis, pointing to the ministers’ commitment to the principle of consensus-based agreements.
Talks also touched on the need to resume Cabinet meetings, Harb said.
Lebanon has been without a president since May 25, with the presidential vacuum almost totally paralyzing Parliament and the government.
“We have a lot of problems to be solved, at the forefront economic and financial situations as well as security and the Syrian refugee crisis,” Harb moaned.
The debate over extra-budgetary spending continues, with Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil responding to the Future bloc’s stance by saying it had blocked dialogue over the issue.
Khalil has said he will not authorize extra-budgetary spending without a law passed by Parliament, raising fears that the salaries of public sector employees would not be paid at the end of July in the absence of the legislation.