Lebanon's Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil says he will not pay public sector employees wages before the Parliament legally approves the spending. (REUTERS/Sharif Karim)
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Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil announced Tuesday after Speaker Nabih Berri's meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam that his ministry would not pay public sector salaries until Parliament approved them.Salam and Berri met Tuesday at the speaker's Ain al-Tineh residence to discuss the dispute over the public sector wages and other obstacles hindering the Cabinet.Earlier Tuesday, Future MP Ahmad Fatfat accused the finance minister of illegally spending funds earmarked for wages to pay for the increase in living costs. Future MPs had said earlier that the ministry had the money to pay the wages but Khalil was refusing to do so for political reasons. However, Fatfat said Tuesday that the money did not exist because it was "illegally" spent elsewhere.
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