File - Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Azakir)
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Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora warned of grave consequences if Parliament passed the salary scale proposal without modifications, calling on authorities to cut waste at Electricite du Liban and other state institutions.Addressing Parliament Tuesday, Siniora said he favored raising the value-added tax from 10 percent to 12 percent and increasing the working hours of government employees. Siniora called for modest increases in electricity tariffs.Siniora said that EDL's problems would continue as long as most of the power plants relied on fuel oil, emphasizing the importance of switching to natural gas to cut the energy bill.Siniora pointed out that the GDP growth dropped to 1 percent during the past three years, from around 8.5 percent in 2007-11 .
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