Prime Minister Saad Hariri chairs a Cabinet meeting on Sunday Sept. 24, 2017. (The Daily Star/ Dalati Nohra)
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The Cabinet Thursday approved allocations worth LL70 billion ($46.5 million) to cover the expenses of next year's parliamentary elections, sending the strongest signal yet about its determination to hold the polls on time.However, some ministers complained that the earmarked money made Lebanon's elections, the first to be held in nine years, the "most expensive" in the world."The allocations for the upcoming parliamentary elections have been completely approved," Machnouk said after the meeting. He also reiterated that parliamentary elections, planned in May 2018, would be held on time, dispelling fears of a postponement of the polls or a new extension of the legislative body's term which has been extended three times since the last polls in 2009 .Last week, the Cabinet approved the salaries of an 11-member committee formed to supervise the elections. The Cabinet's formation of the electoral supervisory committee last month was seen as a significant step toward holding the elections.President Michel Aoun reassured the Lebanese that parliamentary elections would be held on time.
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