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Egypt sets wage ceiling for all public officials

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 2:27 PM 
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and Prime Minister Hisham Kandil - Reuters

Egypt's Administrative Court issued on Wednesday a verdict that all government officials will be subjected to a maximum wage policy. 

The maximum wage will be applied to the president, members of the Cabinet and governors as they fall in the category of state employees.

The court established that sovereignty of law requires that all state officials should be equal before it, reported a local newspaper.

The verdict explained that the military council, which ruled Egypt during the transition period, had already issued a statue stipulating that the total income of a government official shall not exceed 35 times the minimum wage of an employee in the same institution. 

The law obliges the Prime Minister to issue an executive order of this decree.

The court added that attempts of some administrative authorities to halt the application of the law to everyone are what instigated the popular uprising that erupted in 2011.

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