Iraq lawmakers' pay under scrutiny

Hefty salaries spark public outrage as elected representatives fail to form new government.

    It has been more than two months since Iraq's general elections that have failed to bring about an effective government.

    While the recount of votes continues, the 325 members of the outgoing parliament continue to draw relatively gigantic salaries, which is further angering a public already frustrated by the drawn-out political uncertainty.

    The annual salary of an Iraqi MP is almost 40 times the estimated average yearly income of an ordinary resident.

    The commission that monitors government integrity has called for the amounts paid to the officials to be reviewed.

    Al Jazeera's Mike Hannah reports from Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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