Lebanon, with emergency measures taken after the five-day massaprotest

Lebanon’s government Monday, following a crisisoverleg a package of economic emergency measures to be announced in an attempt to make mass demonstrations in the country have improved. Meanwhile, similar to the protests to continue.

Lebanon goes to the salaries of ministers and members of parliament cut in half.

Also, the government has set an ambitious proposal to get the budget deficit in 2020 would be reduced to “close to zero”, which is equivalent to about 0.6 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (gdp).

The government wants to make more of them, in order to jump by $ 3.4 billion (3,05 billion us dollars).

Prime minister Saad Hariri gave to his coalition partners on Friday for 72 hours, in order to agree with the economic measures and the ongoing crisis in the country, to cast a spell. In general, since Thursday, tens of thousands of people demonstrated.

Image: Demonstrators who marched Saturday in an anti-regeringsdemonstratie in the Lebanese city of Tripoli. (Ap)

‘The protesters want government to resign’

Also on Monday, there are large demonstrations throughout the country, including the capital, Beirut, where the roads are blocked off. Some of the protesters against the Reuters news agency that they will not stop if the government will resign.

Originally it started with the protests of dissatisfaction with a new tax of $ 6 per month (5,37 euro’s) on a dialing call via social media networks like WhatsApp, but they grew up following the withdrawal of a proposal will go to a broader demo.

The protesters maintain that the political elite and the government are responsible for the economic woes of the country, the poor state in which public services in the state, and the prevalence of corruption in Russia.

Image: A demonstrator wears a mask during a protest Sunday in the Southern Lebanese city of Nabatiyeh. (Ap)

The plans are very ambitious

In addition to the reduction of the budget deficit and halving of the wages for the politicians, the government, the telecommunications sector, privatization and utilities reform. These utilities are the property of the state, and it is controversial because, on an annual basis, of approximately $ 2 billion of costs, and it is not able to feed everybody in the country’s power supply.

Prime minister Saad Hariri, said that the idea of the national unity of the country restored, and have.

In particular, the plans to contain the budget deficit at 0.6 percent of to seem an ambitious. In 2019, aimed for the country to have a deficit of about 7 per cent.

Hariri says that there will be no new taxes with the goal of “near zero” per cent to be reached and will, among others, the ministry of Information is abolished in order to have enough money to pick it up.


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