16 Feb '11, 4pm

Iraq to slash politicians' wages amid protests

Iraq to slash politicians' wages amid protests

BAGHDAD : Iraq's government plans to slash the salaries of ministers and MPs, a top official said on Wednesday, as protests swept through the country against widespread corruption and poor basic services. The new legislation will result in savings of at least US$19 million annually, and will be seen as an attempt to ward off worsening protests that earlier in the day saw a 16-year-old boy killed. "We will submit to the council of ministers next week ... a good substantial reduction, in some cases more than 50 percent, of present salaries," cabinet general secretary Ali al-Alaak told AFP in an interview. If approved by the cabinet, the bill will need to be passed by Iraq's parliament. The new legislation will reduce Maliki's own salary to 13 million Iraqi dinars (US$10,100) per month, from 35 million dinars now, while Iraq's 42 ministers and 325 MPs will receive eight milli...

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