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After outcry, Poland ruling party cuts politicians' salaries

AP  |  Warsaw 

Politicians' salaries will be reduced and bonuses recently paid to government ministers will go to charity, the of Poland's ruling party said today following a public outcry.

An opinion poll last week showed a 12-point drop in support for the right-wing Law and after media reported on the bonuses government ministers received last year.

The at the time, who awarded the bonuses, fueled the uproar by insisting that the ministers "deserved these bonuses." Law and Justice won power in 2015 partly by criticizing the previous government for what the party said was extravagant spending.

Law and Justice said the party has taken note of the public reaction. He also recalled he had previously said that "you don't go into for money."

"Clearly, the people remember these words, and this is why they reacted this way to the bonuses and expect a far-going frugality in public life," Kaczynski said.

He said the money from the bonuses, which ran into tens of thousands of zlotys (thousands of dollars), would be donated to a charity.

In a further move, the earnings of lawmakers and politicians at all levels of government will be reduced under a Kaczynski said he hoped would take effect before summer.

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First Published: Thu, April 05 2018. 21:55 IST