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Ministers cut own wages to end public sector strike

A week of strikes and protests in Cote d'Ivoire's economic capital Abidjan ended on Sunday following a government announcement that it would continue to subsidise fuel, and that government ministers would slash their own wages by 50% to help cover the cost.
The move marks a reversal on a 6 July government policy scrapping fuel subsidies.

With presidential elections looming at the end of the year, the move could be interpreted as deft politicking by the incumbent government, a criticism prime minister and former rebel leader Guillaume Soro went out of his way to dispel in his speech announcing the measures.

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Posted on 21 Jul 2008 16:41