Gemayel Questions Silence over Incomplete Financial Audit

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Gemayel Questions Silence over Incomplete Financial Audit

Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel on Tuesday questioned the disregard for the constitutional provision according to which the 2019 state budget should not be approved without finalizing the audit of previous years' spending.

The Article 87 of the Constitution stipulates that a budget cannot be promulgated unless the the state's financial accounts are audited.

"We are awaiting the government to endorse and refer the final version of the budget to the Parliament so that we could evaluate and analyze it," Gemayel wrote on Twitter.

"What is the reason behind the total absence of any mention regarding the audit of previous years which must be approved before passing the budget and that represents the key tool to monitor, enforce accountability and uncover the sources of squandering and corruption?"

Source: Kataeb.org