Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Cabinet session at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Speaker Nabih Berri called Wednesday for a Parliament session next week to study and pass draft laws listed on the agenda in a move clearly aimed at accelerating the endorsement of a new tax law, seen as the key for the continued implementation of the public sector's salary hike law.The draft laws that Parliament is set to discuss involve tax amendments approved by the Cabinet, the public sector's salary scale law and a settlement of past years' extra-budgetary spending.The Cabinet has sent Parliament three draft laws, which pertain to the salary scale, taxes and the 2017 draft state budget.The first draft law, if passed, would permit the government to delay the implementation of Law 46 – which relates to the salary scale – until taxes are approved by Parliament. In a move paving the way for Parliament's ratification of the 2017 draft state budget, MP Ibrahim Kanaan, head of the parliamentary Finance and Budget Committee, met with Berri and handed him the committee's final report on the budget.
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