TAHITI LAWMAKERS GET TEN PERCENT PAY CUT

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Well-heeled politicians now limited to $94,000 annually

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 2, 2011) – The French Polynesian assembly has been forced to approve pay cuts for political leaders in line with a change of the organic law adopted by France.

This means assembly members have had their remuneration reduced by 10 percent to no more than 7,800 US dollars a month.

The assembly earlier rejected a proposal by Sabrina Birk to cut entitlements in half, reflecting a call by president Oscar Temaru in May when he suggested such a cut to balance the budget.

The assembly also opposed a bid by Sandra Levy-Agami who proposed that politicians should be paid the minimum wage.

Meanwhile, the territory’s Social Welfare Fund, which is responsible for health care and pensions, has rejected a government bid to give it a 55 million US dollar loan.

The Fund, known as CPS, says it is not a bank.

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