President Michel Aoun, right, speaks with Prime Minister Saad Hariri during a meeting in Baabda, Monday, August 14, 2017. (The Daily Star/HO)
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President Michel Aoun is set to sign the salary scale and tax hike laws, ministerial sources said Monday, overriding opposition from the private sector, the Association of Banks in Lebanon and the Kataeb Party, all of which have urged him to return the two laws to Parliament for further study.Aoun has indicated after chairing a round-table economic conference on the pay scale and tax hike laws at Baabda Palace Monday that he will sign the two laws, a ministerial source told The Daily Star. In fact, shortly after the three-hour Baabda conference ended, Khalil and Kanaan met at the Finance Ministry to prepare new draft laws aimed at tackling the gaps in the pay scale and tax hike bills.Speaker Nabih Berri has called for Parliament to meet Wednesday in day and night sessions to continue studying and approving draft laws listed on the agenda of the two previous sessions last month that saw the salary scale and tax hike bills passed. Aoun has until Aug. 24 to either sign the salary scale and tax hike laws or return them to Parliament for further review.
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