Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, right, speaks with MP Ghazi Youssef at the Parliament in Beirut, Friday, April 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The salaries of the public sector employees hang in the balance as Future Movement lawmakers and Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil bickered Friday over extra-budgetary spending with no end in sight.Khalil has refused to authorize extra-budgetary spending for ministers unless the draft state budget for 2014 he prepared was approved.Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati's government resolved the issue by approving extra-budgetary spending of LL8.9 trillion (nearly $6 billion) for 2011 .During the news conference, Youssef said the funds allocated for the salaries of civil servants -- based on the 2005 state budget in addition to the wage hike approved in 2011 – were an estimated LL2.66 trillion, which he said was available in the state treasury.The government has paid civil servants their salaries for the past seven months, Youssef said.Youssef also claimed that the minister had used some of the funds earmarked for salaries to finance the wage hike for 2014 .
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