March 14 ministers inside the Parliament's assembly, Thursday, July 23, 2014 (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament,HO)
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Talks between rival Parliament blocs are cooking up a comprehensive deal that will start by passing the wage hike and end by extending Parliament's term and resolving the budget spending matter, a legislative source told The Daily Star.After extending Parliament's term, a step that will almost definitely occur according to the source, lawmakers will then move to resolve the public spending dispute.In this vein, again according to the same source, the deal will include finalizing the $11 billion extra-budgetary spending of former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's Cabinet. However the sources said that nothing new was underway concerning presidential elections, especially after Hezbollah's leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah confirmed Friday that March 14 should discuss the issue with MP Michel Aoun, March 8's only presidential candidate so far.The sources reportedly criticized Hezbollah's Nasrallah for neglecting the importance of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's return to Lebanon in his last speech Friday.
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