President Michel Aoun meets with Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil at Baabda Palace, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra HO)
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President Michel Aoun will convene a roundtable Monday to discuss the pay scale and tax hike bills while members of the public sector will strike and hold a sit-in to call on Aoun to sign the bill. While the bill has received the signature of both Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Aoun previously voiced his anger with not passing the state budget before the two items. Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil Sunday called on Aoun to sign the bill and then make any changes deemed necessary. Over the weekend, Berri said that he was optimistic Aoun would sign the bill.Separately, politicians shifted into higher gear ahead of next year's scheduled parliamentary elections with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea making a rare visit to Zahle as Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblatt announced a parliamentary candidate for the Chouf.
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