Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Parliament session in Beirut, Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017. (The Daily Star/Ali Fawaz, HO)
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Parliament Wednesday repealed Penal Code Article 522, known as the "marry your rapist law," following years of campaigning by women's rights advocates.The private sector, the Association of Banks in Lebanon and the Kataeb Party urged Aoun to return the two laws to Parliament for further deliberations. During a legislative session last month, Berri and Hariri the salary scale and taxes were passed and signed by Berri and Hariri, yet they still require Aoun's signature before they are to be published in the official gazette and converted into law. After a nearly three-hour dialogue session at Baabda Palace Monday, sources told The Daily Star that Aoun is expected to sign the bills, thereby converting the salary scale and the taxes that will be levied to finance it into law, one which includes a 10 percent increase on Value Added Taxes.
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