Lebanon set to cut ministers’ pay

A demonstrator sits on a pole while carrying a national flag during an anti-government protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon on Oct. 20. REUTERS/ALI HASHISHO
A demonstrator sits on a pole while carrying a national flag during an anti-government protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon on Oct. 20. REUTERS/ALI HASHISHO

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s cabinet is expected to approve reforms including halving the ministers’ wages in a bid to ease an economic crisis and defuse protests. 

The reform plan includes a 50 percent cut in salaries of current and former presidents, ministers and lawmakers, and reductions in benefits for state institutions and officials.

Protesters have blocked roads for a fifth day of demonstrations fueled by the crippling economic conditions and anger at perceived corruption of the political elite.

Officials on Sunday said Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri had agreed a package of reforms with his government partners to tackle the crisis.    

Hariri, who leads a coalition cabinet mired in sectarian and political rivalries, gave the government a 72-hour deadline on Friday to agree reforms to ward off crisis. The deadline expires on Monday.(Reuters)

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