Kataeb chief Sami Gemayel speaks at a news conference at the party's headquarters in Saifi area, Monday, March 13, 2017. (The Daily Star/ Ahmad Azakir)
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The Lebanese government is seeking to eliminate the middle class by imposing taxes to fund a salary hike for public employees instead of curbing corruption, Kataeb chief Sami Gemayel said Monday.Gemayel revealed that the government has paid around $9.45 billion to fund the state-run electricity company Electricite du Liban since 2010 .However, the Cabinet's deliberations have not touched on the public sector's salary scale bill that were examined and approved by joint parliamentary committees last Thursday.The Parliament session on the salary scale bill comes amid escalating protests by lawmakers, labor unions, banks and private businesses against a string of taxes proposed by Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil to cover the cost of the bill, estimated at LL1.2 trillion ($800 million).The Kataeb chief vowed to hold politicians accountable.
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