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General News of Thursday, 20 December 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Parliament rejects Mahama's request for Executive salary review

Myjoyonline.com has learnt that Parliament has rejected a proposal from President John Mahama for a review of its approval of the report by the Prof. Mariam Awurama Addy Committee on salaries for the executive.

Parliament in October this year approved a monthly salary of 12,000 cedis for the President; 10,500 cedis for his vice and between 8,000 and 9,000 cedis for ministers and their deputies.

The move was heavily criticized by a cross section of the public and some civil society groups.

President Mahama subsequently proposed to Parliament to consider a review of the emoluments to ensure it was aligned more realistically with the original recommendations of the Professor Awurama Addy Committee.

However, a source hinted Myjoyonline.com that, at a joint caucus meeting held in-camera on Thursday, the House reportedly unanimously rejected the president’s proposal for a review and referred the matter back to the President.