A supermarket in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Many merchants rushed to change the price labels of certain commodities upward even before the implementation of proposed taxes by the government.Economy Minister Raed Khoury admitted that traders across Lebanon seized the opportunity to increase the prices, although the debate over the proposed taxes to finance the salary scale in Parliament has not been concluded yet.Traders and vendors in Lebanon began raising prices on items after Parliament began discussing proposed taxes to fund the new salary hike for civil servants and public and private teachers.[They] are greedy and unethical merchants who can't wait to make a quick profit," Zuhair Berro, the head of Consumer Lebanon, told The Daily Star.He added that the additional prices slapped on the commodities would end up in the pockets of the merchants and not the government.However, most known supermarkets kept the prices of most consumer products unchanged.
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