Kataeb MP Elias Hankache on Wednesday described the 2019 budget as lacking an economic vision, noting that the government is doing the opposite of what it had previously promised.
“The government swore to fight corruption and carry out reforms but it did not pay off. Your promises are diffident and bogus,” Hankache blasted during the second day of the Parliament session.
He urged officials to either adjust their approach or to change themselves.
“This is an unconstitutional budget that does not respect accountability or the Parliament’s practice,” he slammed.
Hankache pointed out that a violation has been committed to the audit of previous years' financial accounts as the budget covers a period of only six months while it should have covered one year.
“If we cannot, as lawmakers, abide by the law and respect conventions, why are we asking the citizen to obey it?” he questioned.
“You estimate 1.2% of economic growths, while the Central Bank governor himself testified that today’s growth is zero. You must bear responsibility for your wrong figures,” Hankache indicated.
The Kataeb lawmaker criticized the drop in foreign investments in the country from $4 billion in 2010 to $2.5 billion in 2017 with no evident assessment this year.
He stressed that the state's deficit should be reduced by addressing random employment, as well as ending tax and customs evasion.
He condemned the environmental crime as the landfills have reached their absorptive capacity.
“Is your solution to expand landfills or incinerators?”
“After witnessing the political "schizophrenia" in the past few days and as a representative of the people, I vote against the budget and the violation of the Constitution,” he concluded.
“I refuse to render myself a prejurer to Lebanon’s bankruptcy,” he said, calling for officials’ awakening of the conscience to safeguard what is left of the institutions.