Wage Scale Session in Limbo as Christian MPs Threaten Boycott

A parliamentary session set by Speaker Nabih Berri on May 27 to continue discussions on the public sector wage scale is under the threat of lack of quorum, An Nahar daily reported on Thursday.

The newspaper said that Christian MPs from the March 8 and 14 alliances have threatened to boycott legislative sessions if a new head of state was not elected after the expiry of President Michel Suleiman's term on May 25.

Lawmakers deliberated on the pay raise draft-law on Wednesday. But Berri adjournment the discussions to May 27 after MPs failed to agree on ways to finance the scale.

The country's top Christian post will likely face vacuum on May 25 over the differences between the March 8 and 14 camps.

The March 14 alliance has backed the candidacy of Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea but March 8, which has boycotted the elections, has stressed the need for a consensual president.



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