Prime Minister Saad Hariri addresses Parliament during a debate on the 2018 state budget, March 29, 2018. (The Daily Stat/Mohammad Azakir).
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Parliament Thursday passed the 2018 budget during a non-televised general session, concluding two days of debate on the second national spending bill in 12 years.Among the articles added to the bill was a pay raise for judges, local media reported, answering months of demands by Lebanon's judiciary to fix changes to their remuneration package altered in last year's salary scale bill.Higher Judicial Council head Judge Jean Fahed and State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud attended a regrouped Parliament session Thursday evening to address judges' demands, as the body was poised to pass the 2018 draft budget bill, state-run National News Agency reported. The decision to grant judges' pay came as Parliament convened Thursday evening for its second session of the day.
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