File - Prime Minister Tammam Salam attends a conference in Beirut, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Cabinet failed Tuesday to agree on whether to combine the 2015 draft budget and the public sector's wage hike draft law in one bill, Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi said, citing the continued differences by the main parties that make up the government.Tuesday's was the second Cabinet session held in less than one week to discuss the 2015 draft budget amid calls by some ministers to integrate the salary scale bill into the draft budget. Ministerial sources said the Cabinet has not yet begun discussion of the draft budget because it is trying to find out whether there is a chance to agree on making the salary scale bill part of the budget. Khalil said the main parties represented in the Cabinet disagreed on this issue, with some demanding that the salary scale bill be approved by Parliament first.Azzi said that in the absence of a political decision to approve the draft budget, ministers agreed on resuming the discussion of this issue during a regular Cabinet session Thursday.
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