Berri: No Constitutional Violation Greater than Absence of State Budget

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Speaker Nabih Berri has stressed that “there is no constitutional violation greater than the absence of a state budget.”

“In the presence of a state budget, any constitutional problems can be addressed and resolved, but it is unacceptable not to have a state budget after having spent 12 years without it,” Berri told his visitors, emphasizing the need to approve the 2017 state budget next week in Parliament.

Berri had on Wednesday scheduled an Oct. 17-19 parliamentary session dedicated to discussing the draft state budget.

Lebanon has not approved a state budget since 2005 due to political differences between the rival parties and disputes over financial auditing for some fiscal years.

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