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Al Maliki Pledges to Halve His Salary.

Summary: Baghdad, Feb. 5. (BNA) Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki has pledged to halve his salary aimed growing frustrations over mounting inequality and poor basic services.

He made the promise in a statement released late on Friday, as members of parliament debate the federal budget. "I will reduce my salary by 50 percent as Cabinet Chairman and return it to the state treasury starting from this month," he said. Maliki said the move was intended to "reduce the differences between the salaries of employees of state institutions, and to help reduce differences in all of society." Earlier yesterday, many Iraqis took to the streets to protest against poverty, unemployment and lack of basic services and expressed support for the demonstrations raging the Middle East.

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