Burkina Faso lawmakers give themselves 50-percent pay cut

Members of Burkina Faso's National Transitional Council (CNT)during the official opening ceremony of the parliamentary session in Ouagadougou on December 22, 2014 (AFP Photo/Yempabou Ahmed Ouoba)
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  • Blaise Compaoré
    Burkinabé politician, President of Burkina Faso from 1987 to 2014

Ouagadougou (AFP) - Lawmakers in Burkina Faso gave themselves a 50-percent pay cut Tuesday, following a public outcry over the "indecent" wages enjoyed by members of the country's interim assembly.

The 90 members of the National Transitional Council, which has governed the west African state since the overthrow of longtime president Blaise Compaore in a popular uprising in October, said they had decided to renounce a top-up payment that doubled their monthly salary of 880,000 CFA (1,340 euros, $1,580).

"We don't want to profit from the revolution. We commit to not betray the memory and sense of sacrifice of our martyrs," the vice-president of the council Honore Nombre said.

The population of the west African country had been up in arms over the deputies' wages, calling the packages "astronomical" and "indecent" at a time when ordinary citizens are being asked to tighten their belts.

Burkina Faso is one of the world's poorest countries, ranked 181 out of 187 on the 2013 UN Human Development Index.

Civil society groups had threatened to return to the street if the lawmakers did not dock their pay.

Compaore fled the country of 18 million on October 31 after being ousted in a revolt sparked by his bid to extend his 27-year rule.

His regime was regularly accused of corruption.

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