The Council of Maronite Bishops warned that the new taxes would negatively impact the economy. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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President Michel Aoun looks unlikely to sign the tax hike law, hence returning it to Parliament for review, sources close to Baabda Palace said Wednesday. Cabinet Thursday is expected to discuss a detailed study of both the salary scale and tax hike laws passed by Parliament last month.Aoun was not supportive of Parliament's endorsement of the salary scale before the ratification of the 2017 budget, and he has yet to sign the salary scale or tax hike bills.In July, MPs approved a new wage hike for public and private sector employees, which has been in Parliament since 2012 .The legislation will need to be signed by Aoun before it can be implemented.Aoun is coming under pressure from the private sector, the Association of Banks in Lebanon and the Kataeb Party to return the two laws to Parliament for further inquiry.At a meeting Wednesday with the head of the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers, Beshara Asmar, Hariri stressed that the salary scale law will be implemented.Asmar called on Aoun to sign the salary scale law and publish it in the Official Gazette.The issue of increases in tuition fees as a result of the new salary scale law was also addressed by the Progressive Socialist Party.
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