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Cabinet discusses Bifani's resignation, other vital issues

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Cabinet met at Baabda Palace Tuesday to review whether or not to accept the resignation of Alain Bifani, a key member of the Lebanese team negotiating with the International Monitory Fund who quit in June as the Finance Ministry’s director-general.

Bifani resigned in protest at the government’s handling of the economic crisis, and at authorities’ lack of willingness to implement vital reforms that would unlock international aid.

He has indicated that his resignation is nonnegotiable, but local media reported Tuesday that Cabinet rejected his reasons for resigning, particularly as there is no immediate replacement. Prime Minister Hassan Diab reportedly urged Bifani to withdraw his resignation.

Cabinet will also discuss a policy paper from the Social Affairs Ministry on the return of the displaced, as well as an emergency social safety network program, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The environment minister will also present a legal framework for extractive companies (cement, soil) to operate in Lebanon, and ministers will discuss a financial item on the balance of payments from 1997 to 2003.

Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni will additionally present the results of an initiative to appoint Customs inspectors, and a law to appoint those who passed civil service tests.

Acting Bodies: 
Lebanese Government
Economic measures (State budget, rent law, wages...)
Civil Society Response: 
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