Prime Minister Saad Hariri chairs a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (The Daily Star/Ahmad Azakir)
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri's Cabinet discussed a 34-item agenda on Wednesday that included the 2017 state budget as well as tax measures and proposed amendments.However, an expected obstacle appeared in the way of the budget's discussion Sunday when Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said that the LF's three ministers and eight lawmakers would not vote for the budget unless the government included privatization of electricity production in the bill.Lebanon has not ratified a state budget since 2005, leading to millions of dollars in uncontrolled, extra-budgetary spending.
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