Lebanese lawmaker Ziad Aswad gestures upon his arrival at the Parliament building in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. (Mahmoud Kheir/The Daily Star)
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Free Patriotic Movement MP Ziad Aswad Saturday criticized private school administrations over their intention to increase tuition fees.President Michel Aoun is still reviewing the salary scale and tax hike bills.The tax measures, including an increase in value added tax from 10 percent to 11 percent, are designed to finance the salary hikes for civil servants, estimated at more than $800 million annually.Aoun was critical of Parliament's endorsement of the salary scale and tax hike bills. Aoun said that he would have preferred for the 2017 draft state budget to be ratified before the two laws were passed.
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