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MPs in Kenya vote for pay raise

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2013 | 9:13 AM

Parliamentarians in Kenya have voted to raise their salaries in defiance of proposals to cut pay.



The vote suggests a monthly salary of about US$10,000.



President Uhuru Kenyatta had asked the MPs to accept the pay cuts in order to free up funds for the creation of jobs.



The lawmakers are among the highest paid in the world and their demands triggered angry protests in the lead-up to the vote.



However, the MPs argued the proposed salary cuts had been illegal.



The vote is expected to be challenged in court by civic rights groups.



The president has no direct power to determine MPs' salaries.



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