EGYPT (OBSERVATORY) – The Egyptian parliament approved the increase in the salaries of parliament speaker and ministers as well as increased allowances for members of the diplomatic corps.
The legal amendments stipulate that the minister’s salary is equivalent to the maximum wage of forty-two thousand Egyptian pounds, while the law sets lower salaries for deputy ministers and governors.
Amendments to the Foreign and Consular Service Act have introduced varying increases in the allowances of diplomats and members of the Commercial Representation Corps retroactively since June 2015.
Although the discussion of the amendments witnessed demands by MPs to review the salaries of all employees, the members of the Council approved the amendments by a majority.
The amendments provoked social and political controversy, and the party “Long Live Egypt” condemned the increase.
Wael al-Shahawi, the party’s secretary-general, called on the parliament and the government not to “provoke the citizens” who are on the verge of a new increase in prices after cutting support for some strategic goods.
“Citizens are the first to manage the resources needed to raise their salaries,” Shahawi said in a statement.