Day: 17 October 2019

NASS slashes legislative aides’ salaries

The National Assembly has drastically reduced the salaries and allowances of over 3,000 Legislative Aides serving in the Ninth National Assembly. The aides, who are hired by the 109 senators and 360 members in the House of Representatives, started receiving letters of appointments from June 2019 while some are still expecting theirs. Findings by our reporter showed that several aides that received appointment letters from the National Assembly Service Commission between June and August have now been directed to return the letters and collect fresh ones reflecting sharp reduction in their salaries. The fresh letters being issued to the...

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Erdogan, Turkish president ‘threw Trump’s Syria letter in bin’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan put US President Donald Trump’s letter “in the bin”, the BBC has been told. In the letter dated 9 October, and sent after US troops were pulled out of Syria, Mr Trump told Mr Erdogan: “Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” Turkish presidential sources told the BBC that the letter was “thoroughly rejected” by Mr Erdogan. On the day the letter was received, Turkey launched a cross-border offensive against Kurdish-led forces. President Trump has faced intense criticism for the withdrawal of troops, which some say effectively gave Turkey the green light...

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