In this file photo, lawmakers convene in Lebanon's Parliament (The Daily Star)
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Parliament is expected to meet in the next few days to pass draft laws approved by the Cabinet dealing with tax amendments, the public sector's salary scale law and a settlement of extra-budgetary spending in past years, ministerial sources said Monday.The Cabinet last Friday wrapped up four emergency sessions by reaching a deal that effectively calls for a new tax law and for the state budget to be ratified without the audit of extra-budgetary spending, finally paving the way for the payment of public sector employees' salaries based on the new salary scale.Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that the Cabinet reached an agreement on an expedited draft law that includes the necessary tax amendments, taking into account the observations of the Constitutional Council, which last month revoked the tax hike law that would have funded the salary scale law, estimated to cost more than $800 million annually.A source close to Hariri confirmed that the Cabinet has sent the draft laws concerning the tax amendments and the salary scale to Parliament for approval as soon as possible.
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