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5,000-plus hired illegally since 2017 freeze

MP Ibrahim Kanaan speaks during a news conference, May 23, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)

BEIRUT: More than 5,000 public sector employees have been hired since August 2017 in violation of a hiring freeze, the head of Parliament’s Finance and Budget Committee announced at a news conference Thursday.

The final number of illegal hires emerged from a monthslong probe into state hiring that looked at reports by the Central Inspection Bureau and the Civil Service Council. The hires violated Article 21 of Law 46, which called for the public sector hiring freeze to reduce state expenditures.

"Since August 21, 2017, 5,473 people were hired, excluding in the military and security services, of which only 460 were hired in accordance with the law," MP Ibrahim Kanaan said.

The Court of Audit is now responsible for following up on the illegal hires and holding those responsible to account before referring them to the financial judiciary for prosecution, Kanaan said.

He reiterated that all hiring should stop until the government’s needs can be assessed and public administrations can be restructured, unless and important position becomes vacant.

 

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