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Income hike for MPs sparks civic protests

Storay Karimi, Zafar Shah Rouyee and Waheed Orya
Demonstrators in Kabul, Herat and Mazar-eSharif took to the streets to protest a new law increasing salaries and privileges for retired parliamentarians.
17.07.2014  |  Various Afghan provinces

Civic society groups demonstrated in Afghanistan's major cities August 16 after the Lower House of Parliament passed a new law entitling MPs to financial and political privileges after the end of their terms. The law requires the government to pay MPs 25 percent of their salaries and provide them with armed guards and a special political passport even if the MPs are not reelected. Opponents view the law as a self-enriching scheme allowing top civil servants to profit from government funds while a majority of the Afghan people face poverty and unemployment.