Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Parliament session to discuss the salary scale in Beirut, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Parliament looks set to shelve the debate over the public sector salary scale for the coming weeks, as lawmakers will not be able to pass the legislation until a new president is elected, analysts told The Daily Star.Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned Wednesday the session on funding the wage hike until May 27 after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on two important items: taxes on illegal seafront properties and raising the value added tax.MP Ghazi Youssef, who helped hammer out the proposals of the parliamentary committee, was confident that lawmakers would eventually reach a compromise.Wazni added that former prime minister and MP Fouad Siniora insisted on raising the VAT on all items from 10 to 11 percent and eventually to 12 percent in accordance with the conditions set during the Paris III donors conference.Both Youssef and Wazni believe that the UCC will accept the amended bill even though it was aspiring for a 121 percent increase in wages.
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