Lebanon's 2020 budget will not include new taxes in response to 'WhatsApp tax' proposal


The Lebanese government announced that the 2020 budget it was trying to prepare would not bring any new taxes to the citizen.

Lebanese Finance Minister Ali Khalil, said in a statement from Twitter, Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri met with the 2020 budget to bring any new tax or fee increase to the citizens said it was agreed.

Halil also stated that they agreed to withdraw all the drafts presented on the new taxes, and added that with the contributions of the banking and other sectors, they decided to make some serious reforms that would not affect the Lebanese citizen in any way or even protect the citizen.

Prime Minister Hariri announced that he had held intense meetings and telephone calls at his home in the capital, Beirut, to solve problems that led to anti-government protests in the country.

Hariri, Finance Minister Halil, as well as the Minister of Public Works and Transport Yusuf Fenyanus and Industry Minister Vail Abu Faur met with the solution to the problems in the country and will continue until the talks passed.

Prime Minister Hariri at a press conference yesterday, the demonstrations in Lebanon, "Government partners to convince us, our people and international partners to offer a solution to convince at most 72 hours, otherwise I will exhibit another attitude." had used.


The Lebanese protests began Thursday (October 17th) in response to the government's attempt to impose taxes on communications and, in particular, on the social network WhatsApp.

Communication Minister Muhammed Shukayr, despite the announcement of the tax decision for WhatsApp application has been abandoned, spreading actions throughout the country did not listen.
In Lebanon, protests erupted in 2015 due to the garbage crisis were the first to be held in this scale.


Lebanon, which has a very fragile structure in terms of political divisions based on different religions and sects, is experiencing economic difficulties due to the refugee waves and political problems experienced in the crisis in Syria in 2011.

According to a report released by the Ministry of Finance in May, the country's public debt reached $ 86.2 billion as of the first quarter of 2019.

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