BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hundreds of retired army officers burned tires blocking main highways into Lebanon’s capital on Thursday to protest cuts to their benefits as part of the 2019 draft budget.
Lawmakers are debating the state budget in parliament this week after cabinet finalised it last month, a critical test of the government’s will to launch reforms it has put off for years and start tackling the nation’s huge debt burden.
Protests - Landmine - Government - Spending - Cuts
The protests point to the landmine the government faces in trying to push spending cuts, even after Lebanon’s key parties agreed the budget in a bid to stave off financial crisis.
Fears of salary and pension cuts sparked protests and strikes in recent months, but the budget did not end up including cuts to the public sector wage bill.
Veterans - Tires - Fires - Highway - Naameh
Lebanese veterans burned tires, sparking fires along the highway in Naameh, south of Beirut, early on Thursday.
The road was blocked for a few hours before the army arrived to partly open it up. Long lines of...
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