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An-Nahar said that a similar meeting to the one last week that joined former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour and MPs Ghazi Youssef and George Adwan would be held soon to continue the discussion on the ranks and salaries scale.According to the sources ... it is expected that the positivity of the first meeting will continue with an agreement on a unified ranks and salaries scale draft, by unifying the numbers of revenues and expenditures, reducing the hike by 10 and 15 percent ... and deciding on the VAT increase supported by the Future Movement or replacing it with other revenues that MP Jumblatt is marketing with an care not to reveal them before an agreement is reached. Other sources said the ongoing communications, which are apparently related to the legislative session on the ranks and salaries scale, had opened an implicit discussion about coordinating between different stances on the parliamentary extension, especially after more than one party, most notably the Progressive Socialist Party and the Future Movement, had stressed that there would be not parliamentary elections before conducting the presidential election.
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