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Iraq pushes for dramatic pay cuts for politicians

23 February 2011 No Comment

IRAQ’S government on Tuesday proposed new legislation that would slash the salaries of politicians and top officials, just days after MPs approved smaller pay cuts in a bid to head off protests.

The mooted changes are the latest attempt by authorities to respond to demonstrations that have taken place across Iraq in cities that are variously Sunni, Shiite or Kurdish, railing against corruption, poor public services and high unemployment.

‘The cabinet has decided to approve a draft law on salaries and allocations… and sent it to parliament,’ government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement.

The proposals would cut the salaries of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani and parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi by more than 50 per cent, from 35 million Iraqi dinars (S$38,000) a month currently.

All of their various deputies would also receive similar pay cuts, as would MPs, ministers, and top civil servants.

The statement did not specify exactly how much the cuts would amount to, what the salaries of ministers and officials salaries were or whether the new law would be an addition to cuts instituted by MPs days earlier.


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