File - Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Parliament session in Beirut, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Lebanon's banks staged a one-day strike Friday, complaining that lawmakers were aiming to administer a "coup de grace" to the ailing economy by imposing a hike on their deposit revenue taxes.Bassil sought to temper his stance Friday by heaping praise on Speaker Nabih Berri, the head of the institution that was supposedly poised to crash the economy. The banks' outburst has done little to help their standing in the eyes of the public, which for years has been directly experiencing the effects of the deteriorating economic situation.
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