Judge Salah Moukhaiber speaks to reporters following the Council's meeting in Beirut, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Government officials scrambled Friday to cope with the repercussions of the Constitutional Council's dramatic decision to revoke the tax hike law in its entirety, a move that has put the fate of the public sector salary scale bill in jeopardy.Responding to fears that the move would cause problems in funding the pay scale for public sector employees, which was passed at the same session as the tax bill, the judge confirmed that the salary bill would proceed and employees will be paid, as of next month, based on the new pay scale.The Daily Star obtained a copy of the official decision of the Constitutional Council, which stated the reasons for the annulment.The council added that the decision to annul the law was due to the absence of a state budget.Speaker Nabih Berri said the council's decision was to be respected.Immediately following the council's decision, Hariri, Berri and Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil gathered to discuss the next steps in funding the salary scale.
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