Weekly Wrap Up
- Riad Salameh fails to show up to his interrogation session with Judge Ghada Aoun.
After BDL governor Riad Salameh refused to attend for today’s interrogation session, Mount Lebanon State Prosecutor Judge Ghada Aoun rescheduled the hearing for next Tuesday. She threatened to take all legal action against him if he didn’t show up for the next meeting.
Judge Aoun ordered a travel restriction against Salameh on the basis of a preliminary inquiry into offenses of “embezzling and squandering public funds for personal advantage, illegal enrichment, and money laundering,” according to General Security.
- Public schools refuse to resume teaching classes after the holidays.
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As per Imad al-Achkar, the president of Lebanon’s Private Education Sector, the majority of public schools did not start lessons after the holidays, but 70% of private schools responded to appeals from the Education and Health Ministers to begin teaching.
Teachers and professors at public schools and colleges have announced that they will boycott both in-person and online classes unless their needs are fulfilled. As Education Minister Abbas Halabi failed to keep his promises to them, they created the hashtag #FulfillYourPromises.
Halabi recommended in October that public education instructors and professors be paid $90 a month at the parallel market rate, with a half-salary increase for full-timers, an increase in the transportation allowance, and an increase in part-timers’ hourly wages.
- Public sector’s part-timers and daily employees will not receive their salaries for this month.
Due to the inability of the Cabinet to convene and the president’s unwillingness to sign special orders, part-timers and daily workers in the public sector will not get their salary at the end of January.
On Monday evening, the Presidency of the Republic’s Media Office issued a statement claiming that “the factions that are obstructing Cabinet meetings” are to blame for any delays in interacting with part-timers and daily workers’ rights, and that the presidency will not concern any extraordinary decrees because the government is neither resigned nor in caretaker mode.
- Public transport drivers blocked roads as diesel prices reach 410,000 LBP.
In what they termed the “Day of Rage,” public transportation drivers have been blocking highways in many regions across Lebanon since daybreak this morning, protesting a lack of help to deal with rising gasoline prices.
The protest occurred after the price of diesel climbed to LBP 410,000 and the price of gasoline to LBP 377,800.
The second gasoline price hike came after an LBP 2,500 rise in the price of a bread bundle, which also saw its weight reduced by 40g. The price of a big bread bundle at bakeries reached LBP 12,000, with no precise price granted to stores.
Land transport unions and syndicates, which are controlled by the Amal movement, issued the call to protest.
- Judge Ghada Aoun issued a travel ban against BDL governor Riad Salameh.
Judge Ghada Aoun of the Mount Lebanon State Prosecutor’s Office has ordered a travel restriction against central bank governor Riad Salameh.
The verdict was based on a preliminary inquiry into Salameh’s accusation for “embezzling and misusing public funds for personal benefit, unlawful enrichment, and money laundering,” which was filed by attorneys from the legal department of the “People Want To Reform The System” group.