Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, left, speaks with MP Ibrahim Kanaan as they leave the Parliament in Beirut, Friday, April 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Khalil said all parliamentary blocs were unanimous in agreeing that the public sector salary scale was a rightful demand that must be met soon.However, Khalil, who belongs to Speaker Nabih Berri's parliamentary bloc, stressed the need for all parties to search for financial resources to cover the overall cost of the salary scale, which he estimated to be LL2,765 billion ($1.843 billion).The spat between Kanaan and Khalil led to shouting and commotion that lasted about half an hour.At one point, Hezbollah MP Hasan Fadlallah and MP Alan Aoun stepped out of the Parliament hall and met briefly in a room, after which Aoun asked Kanaan to remain calm and avoid a problem with Khalil.
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