Pay cut for Tunisia ministers in show of 'solidarity'

Tunisian new Prime Minister Youssef Chahed (C), posing with the female members of his cabinet, agrees to take pay cutsTunisia’s new prime minister, Youssef Chahed, has cut the pay packets of his ministers in a show of “solidarity” at a time of economic hardship, the government announced Friday. The lowering of “bonuses and privileges” amounts to a cut of around 1,000 dinars ($450) a month for each of Chahed’s 40 ministers and secretaries of state, it said in a statement. The cabinet approved the measure as an act of “solidarity by members of the national unity government with Tunisia”, it added.

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