Salar Jaff and Raheem Salman
The Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2011

Clamor for political change across the Arab world has reached Iraq, where protests against poor government services have broken out in the capital and other cities.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki vowed not to run for a third term, a day after he announced that he would cut his pay in half. Other officials agreed to decrease their salaries in a bid to stave off the kind of unrest erupting elsewhere in the region.

“We will also enact a law that guarantees equilibrium between the salaries of officials and ordinary Iraqis,” said lawmaker Abbas Bayati. “The current circumstances are pushing us to decrease expenses and salaries, and spend them on the low income classes.”

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