Lebanese Govt. Submits Bill to Delay Wage Scale Until Tax Approval

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The Lebanese government sent a bill to the parliament on Tuesday requesting permission to delay the implementation of the wage scale law until the tax law is approved, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The Cabinet had on Friday agreed on an expedited draft law that includes tax adjustments,” noting that “it will be referred to the parliament.”

The crisis had erupted after the Constitutional Council revoked a tax law aimed at funding the scale following an appeal filed by ten MPs led by Sami Gemayel.

The ruling prompted the Cabinet to hold several emergency sessions in a bid to find alternative funding sources, amid protests and an open-ended strike that was declared by private and public school teachers and public employees.

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