Kataeb Suggests Cutting Off Lifelong Salaries for Deputies

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The Kataeb parliamentary bloc has submitted a draft law suggesting that lifelong salaries for lawmakers be terminated, a move described as beneficial for Lebanon's treasury.

Former MPs in Lebanon receive lifelong compensation and benefits. When they die, their salaries go to their families.

Kataeb chief Sami Gemayel said: “We have submitted a scientific approach based on experience in other countries. Instead of getting a lifelong salary, deputies would get only 75% of their salaries for a period of one year, as a transitional phase, afterwhich the salaries would be cut off completely.”

Kataeb sources told al-Joumhouria daily on Wednesday that the proposal is “part of the party’s reformist vision which it seeks to implement from any official position it assumes.”

“We hope the next government will follow the required reform approach through the development of austerity policy that contributes to saving the Treasury from escalating crises,” they added.

On a similar note, MP Paula Yaacoubian has also submitted a draft law aimed at amending the allowances and benefits of deputies and ministers.

Comments 4
Thumb s.o.s 17 October 2018, 10:30


Missing ysurais 17 October 2018, 14:27

Best idea ever ever....but will any politician accept?

Thumb chrisrushlau 17 October 2018, 16:30

Aside from Article 24, this is the best-kept secret in Lebanese politics. I'd heard that Lebanese parliamentarians were the best-paid in the world.

Thumb whyaskwhy 17 October 2018, 22:16

Great idea albeit late as there are probably no less than a couple hundred families that not only still get grandpas MP salary but the allowance and the special interest funds all on behalf of you the citizen in this gifted land.