Tunisian gov't ministers to take 10% pay cut

More than 10 percent of ministers' salaries will also go to a public underwriting campaign.

Tunisian gov't ministers to take 10% pay cut

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Tunisian cabinet has approved a 10-percent pay cut for government ministers, a government spokesman confirmed Friday.

The move aims to "rationalize state expenditure," government spokesman Nidhal Ouerfelli told a press conference in Tunis.

"More than 10 percent of ministers' salaries will also go to a public underwriting campaign" aimed at helping the government narrow a widening budget deficit, Ouerfelli said.

The decision will remain in effect until upcoming parliamentary and presidential polls slated for some time later this year, he added.

Last month, President Moncef Marzouki said he would take a voluntary two-thirds salary reduction.

"The state must lead by example," he had said at the time.

Last Mod: 03 Mayıs 2014, 10:24
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