The government failed on Friday to finalize the 2019 draft budget talks, scheduling a 15th session over the weekend. "The last session to discuss the draft budget will be held Sunday at 21:30," Telecom Minister Mohammad Choukeir told reporters following the session held at the Grand Serail.
Kataeb MP Elias Hankache on Tuesday stressed that the state budget must be funded through reasonable sources of revenue, not by hiking taxes or imposing measures that directly impact the citizens.
Retired military officers announced that they will take to the streets again on Monday to condemn the government's plan to cut their pensions and end-of-service benefits as part of its 2019 draft austerity budget. According to a statement issued by the National Veterans Organization, the veterans will start their protest action at 6 AM, adding that they will cut off roads and block public facilities nationwide.