Members of parliament in Burkina Faso have decided to cut their salaries by half. The move followed heated exchanges on social media after it was revealed that MPs were paid more than $3,000 (£1,985) a month whilst the average salary in the West African state is about $150 a month.
The former National Assembly in Burkina Faso has been replaced by an interim parliament, the Transitional National Council (CNT), as part of arrangements following the forced resignation of long-serving ruler Blaise Compaore last year.
Members of the 90-member CNT have been paid a gross salary plus attendance fees, office allowances, healthcare supplements and fuel costs.
Campaigners, including grassroots political movement Balai Citoyen, have said MPs should not be paid attendance fees and have pointed out the substantial gap between their salaries and average earnings.
Another campaign group, the Coalition Against Costly Life, has said a maximum salary of $900 would be sufficient.
Revelations about MPs’ pay prompted angry reactions on social media, with many saying the pay levels amounted to an abuse of power.
The people of Burkina Faso have fought for change and are determined to put in place a better system to achieve social justice, PALM correspondent noted.
The transitional government is led by Lt-Col Isaac Zida, who was among army officers who took power from Mr Compaore. He has promised to return Burkina Faso to civilian rule through elections later this year.https://m.facebook.com/panafricanliberationmovement?_e_pi_=7%2CPAGE_ID10%2C1870716091