Jumblatt, Berri and Hariri pose for a picture in Clemenceau, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (The Daily Star/Jumblatt Twitter Account)
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Armed with "national consensus" reached within the Cabinet, Parliament is set to pass Monday a new tax law, seen as the key for the continued implementation of the public sector's salary hike law, two ministers said Sunday.Hariri arrived at Jumblatt's residence shortly before Berri, where the three leaders met together to discuss the Parliament session's plans to ratify the 2017 draft state budget later this month before the Progressive Socialist Party leader hosted a dinner for his guests.A similar optimistic tone was echoed by a Hezbollah minister and a Future Movement MP about a Parliament session, slated for 11 a.m. Monday, where lawmakers are set to discuss three draft laws: tax amendments previously approved by Cabinet, permitting the government to delay the implementation of the public sector salary hike until new taxes are approved, and passing the 2017 draft budget without the auditing of extra-budgetary spending in past years.LebanonBerri confirmed that parliamentary elections, planned in May 2018, would be held on time.
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