Education Minister Elias Bou Saab and Future bloc MP Bahia Hariri met with other lawmakers at Berri's office to discuss the salary raise Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Head of the Future bloc MP Fouad Siniora Wednesday was pessimistic about convening a Parliament session to approve the wage hike bill, saying discussions were ongoing with the various blocs to reach an agreement on disputed items in the draft law.The meeting at Berri's office in Parliament began shortly after lawmakers failed for the seventh time to secure quorum to elect a new president for Lebanon.Speaking to reporters after the end of the meeting, Khalil said lawmakers were nearly close to finding a balance between expenditures and revenues in order to finance the wage hike without crippling the economy.
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