Polish lawmakers have voted to cut their own pay by 20 per cent, an effort by the ruling party to boost its standing ahead of elections.
The plan was first announced last month by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the ruling Law and Justice party, following a scandal over bonuses that government ministers were awarded last year.
Lawmakers today voted 240-2 in support of the measure, with five abstentions and 213 lawmakers from opposition parties boycotting the vote.
Last year's controversial bonuses were paid to several ministers by former Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, who fuelled additional criticism by insisting the ministers deserved the money. Some of the bonuses were around USD 20,000, more than the average yearly wage in Poland.
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