Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel on Thursday slammed the disregard for the constitutional provision according to which the 2019 state budget should not be approved without finalizing the audit of previous years' spending.
“The law pertaining to finalizing the audit of previous years' spending is unjustifiable because nothing explains the government’s reluctance to refer the final version of the budget to the Parliament,” Gemayel said during the evening third session of the Parliament.
“The law concerning promulgating the budget, finalizing the audit of previous years’ accounts, and providing the necessary resources for the audit bodies is disgraceful for us and is unconstitutional, because it is an amendment to the Constitution which must be challenged by 10 lawmakers to sign the appeal and the government to endorse and to refer it to the Parliament for evaluation and analysis,” he explained.
“In addition, the draft modifies a Constitutional provision which shouldn’t have been approved this way in the first place as it is unlawful and subject to challenge,” Gemayel warned.
MP Alain Aoun submitted an expediting law to promulgate the 2019 budget without auditing the financial accounts and without providing the necessary resources for the audit bodies.
The Article 87 of the Constitution stipulates that a budget cannot be promulgated unless the state's financial accounts are audited.