Sunday, 4 March 2012
Iraq MPs criticised over costly armoured cars
Middle Easy Online reports (February 28th): The decision of MPs to spend $50 million on their own armoured cars on a day that dozens of people were killed in a wave of attacks has drawn sharp criticism from across Iraqi society.
In addition to the armoured cars, MPs already receive a budget allocation for 30 bodyguards, but officials claim that most only appoint a handful of guards and pocket the remainder of the allotted funds.
Iraqi MPs already receive monthly salaries of $8,500, generous pension benefits, plots of land and diplomatic passports.