Hariri Hits Out at LF, Urges 'Responsible' Discourse on Financial Situation

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri lashed out Tuesday at the Lebanese Forces during parliament’s debate of the 2019 draft state budget, following remarks by LF deputy chief MP George Adwan.

“Attack the government as much as you want and launch fierce attacks on me personally, but when you talk about financial and monetary stability, you must talk responsibly. The situation is difficult but it is not disastrous,” Hariri said.

“I call on MPs to talk responsibly about financial stability and if the LF wants to abide by the International Monetary Fund’s recommendations, would it accept liberating the Lebanese pound’s exchange rate, slapping an LBP 5,000 tax on gasoline and hiking the VAT tax to 15%?” Hariri asked.

“We cannot endorse all of the IMF’s recommendations and the interest of Lebanon and the Lebanese currency comes first,” the premier added.

Adwan hit back, saying his party’s presence in parliament is not a formality.

“We speak out of keenness on the government and as a party we have our vision and opinion. If our practice of our role represents an annoyance, this is not my problem,” Adwan added.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 4
Thumb s.o.s 16 July 2019, 19:44

Hes asking Adwan to zip it yet we know the country is possibly on the verge of collapsing, many people closed their bank accounts already.

Thumb libanaisresilient 17 July 2019, 01:16

100%

Thumb doodle-dude 17 July 2019, 14:38

lol @ the shia western christian with triple nationality.

Thumb whyaskwhy 17 July 2019, 20:03

The PM is running short of friends these days and will end up succumbing to the dark side. KSA/Kuwait and to the lessor extent Qatar is supporting the Lira from sliding. The PM is also showing he actually cares here, albeit he is late in showing his concerns and is powerless to make the difference. He will soon be in Damascus for his completeness with the dark side.....