Hariri heads a ministerial committee to discuss the draft budget, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The ministerial committee tasked with studying 2018's budget is set to address allocations for the education and social affairs ministries Thursday, as the relevant ministers reject budget cuts called for by the prime minister.Prime Minister Saad Hariri has called for ministries to attempt to slash their budgets by at least 20 percent for this year.Social Affairs Minister Pierre Bou Assi told reporters Thursday that he would push for his ministry's budget, which was $150 million last year, to at least be maintained at its current level, arguing it provided a vital lifeline to vulnerable communities across Lebanon.
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