Berri Contacts Jumblat, Kanaan on Holding Legislative Session on Payment of Civil Servant Salariesإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Political powers are leaning towards holding a legislative session to tackle the payment of salaries of civil servants, reported LBCI television on Wednesday.
Speaker Nabih Berri contacted to that end head of the Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblat and Change and Reform bloc MP Ibrahim Kanaan, it added.
Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra had stated that he will take part in such a legislative session, but he will not attend one that will tackle additional spending.
On Monday, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil appeased fears that civil servants would not be paid their salaries at the end of the month because of the paralysis of parliament.
Parliament should pass draft-laws allowing the government to approve treasury loans, but lawmakers have been boycotting legislative sessions over the vacuum at the presidency.
Khalil vowed to exert all efforts to pay civil servants their salaries but stressed that lines of credit can't be opened unless they are legal.
Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc announced Tuesday that it is willing to take part in a parliamentary session aimed at issuing treasury bonds, noting that the payment of salaries to public employees and opening lines of credit are legal things that can be approved by the cabinet.