Lebanese government to announce solution to tax crisis on Friday

 29 Sep 2017 - 0:18

Lebanese government to announce solution to tax crisis on Friday
Melhem Riachy

AFP

BEIRUT:  The Lebanese government will announce on Friday how it will resolve a legal dispute over taxes to fund a public-sector pay increase, the information minister said after a cabinet meeting on Thursday.

“The atmosphere is very positive and tomorrow we will announce the legal measures to deal with the matter of the (public sector pay rise) and the tax law,” Information Minister Melhem Riachy said, the National News Agency reported.

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s government is looking for a way to approve the taxes needed to finance the pay rise that addresses legal objections raised by the constitutional council.

The council, a branch of the judiciary, last week annulled the tax law previously approved by parliament, leading to strikes by many public sector workers.

(Writing by Tom Perry, editing by Larry King)