LEBANESE GOVERNMENT BEGINS IMPLEMENTING REFORM PACKAGE THAT AIMED TO DEFUSE PROTESTS




Selin ATAY-TDO-The Lebanese national unity government initiated the process of implementing the reform decisions taken to alleviate the economic crisis.

Lebanon's Prime Minister, Hariri, said yesterday that the 2020 budget does not include any taxes, as well as a number of decisions have been taken, such as lowering the salaries of ministers and MPs by 50 per cent, closing some public institutions, allocating additional funding to poor families and housing loans.

The government also aims to privatize the telecommunications sector and overhaul the crumbling electricity sector.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's press office said the economic reform decisions adopted by the Cabinet as of yesterday following anti-government demonstrations in the country had begun to be implemented in all public institutions.

Despite the government's reform list, anti-government protests continue throughout the country, disrupting public and private services, particularly transport, due to frequent road closures. Due to the demonstrations, banks are still unable to provide services.

Meanwhile, a written statement from the Union of Lebanese Bakers ' Union stated that bakeries in some areas had difficulty finding flour because of the protests. The statement called on the military to deliver flour to bakeries before the bread crisis erupted, which would cover all regions of the country.