Bassil Slams 'Populists', Says Some Issues Can be Postponed to 2020 Budget


Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil on Monday said the FPM will vote in favor of the 2019 state budget and that “it is not populist like other parties who approved it in Cabinet and decided to vote against it in parliament.”

“We have started the reforms in the 2019 budget, but it is not the reformist budget that we were aspiring for,” Bassil said after the weekly meeting of the Strong Lebanon bloc.

“We must adopt the 2020 budget within the constitutional timeframe and we must finalize the economic plan before the end of the year,” he added.

In response to a question, the FPM chief said his movement has been calling for the presentation of final accounts for the years between 1993 and 2017 and that Minister Salim Jreissati has proposed a text to avoid any violation.

“We will vote in favor of the budget… The budget must be approved with its good articles while the rest of the issues can be left for the 2020 budget,” Bassil added.

As for the work of the government, the FPM chief said Prime Minister Saad Hariri “wants a political solution for the Aley incident.”

“We’re waiting for him to call for a cabinet session,” he added.

Comments 9
Thumb eagledawn 15 July 2019, 18:21

"constantine 12 minutes ago
Allah yi7meek President Bassil"

Thumb eagledawn 15 July 2019, 18:21

Ladies and Gentlemen: Today you have just listened to the future president of Lebanon. Learn people, learn!"

Thumb eagledawn 15 July 2019, 18:21

"libanaisresilient 4 hours ago
Long live Bassil the future President of Lebanese republic!"

Thumb eagledawn 15 July 2019, 18:23

"constantine 1 hour ago

Without the FPM at the helm there would be no Lebanon.
Lebanon would be a province of ISIS reporting to Riadh.
The reason why Minister Bassil is being subjected to harsh criticism by thieves and traitors to stop him from taking their riches and beating them in the national treasury."

Thumb s.o.s 15 July 2019, 18:50

Some day, he’ll be dealt with accordingly. In the mean time, we must remain patient.

Thumb natour 15 July 2019, 22:09

Gebran Bassil slamming populists, now I've heard everything.

Thumb whyaskwhy 15 July 2019, 23:18

A direct translation from Arabic to English would go something like "the monkey is a dear in his mothers eyes"....

Thumb enterprise 16 July 2019, 05:22

if he dies tomorrow i will be very upset.

Thumb ex-fpm 17 July 2019, 14:41

A lowlife who uses populism on a daily basis Slams 'Populists'!?