Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, left, and MP Ibrahim Kanaan attend a committee meeting to discuss a wage hike at Parliament in Beirut, Friday, April 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The Finance Minister agreed Wednesday to pay the public sector employees their July wages through an exceptional "but legal" Cabinet decree, on the condition that the next round of spending would be approved by Parliament.Head of the Finance and Budget Parliamentary Committee Ibrahim Kanaan announced after meeting Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil that the salaries of the public sector employees would be paid for one month so long as it gets Cabinet approval. Khalil also met with Future bloc head former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and MP Ghazi Youssef to discuss the matter.Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Speaker Nabih Berri met Tuesday at Berri's Ain al-Tineh residence to discuss the dispute over the public sector wages and other obstacles hindering the Cabinet.
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