Chavez hikes army pay

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered a hefty pay rise for the armed forces in an apparent bid to shore up support for himself.

    Chavez is counting on the military for support

    A former paratrooper, Chavez announced the hike at a time when his political opponents are campaigning for a referendum to vote him out of office.

    "I have decided that from 1 January, 2004 onward, the salary of all professional members of the armed forces will be increased by 30%," the Venezuelan president said in a broadcast on state television on Sunday.

    The pay hike decision assumes significance, particularly since Chavez survived a brief coup last year.

    Loyal Troops

    Some rebel generals and admirals had briefly toppled Chavez in April, 2002, before loyal troops reinstated him as the president.

    The left-wing Chavez describes the military as a strategic pillar of Venezuela's "revolution."

    "United, the soldiers and the people are invincible," he said.

    Chavez also called on the military to be vigilant against attempted "subversion" by his political opponents.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Is an empowered Palestinian girl not worthy of Western feminist admiration?

    Blood-rusted Sword: Elite force of Saudi crown prince

    Blood-rusted Sword: Elite force of Saudi crown prince

    Al-Ajrab Sword Brigade, formed in 2015, comprises elite forces from across Saudi military ranks.

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.