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KKE calls for ‘drastic reduction’ in MPs salaries

Greece’s Communist Party, the KKE, on Wednesday called for a ?drastic reduction? in lawmakers’ salaries while attacking similar proposals by rival politicians as hypocritical.

Two lawmakers, Hara Kefalidou of PASOK and Kyriakos Mitsotakis of New Democracy, on Tuesday asked for extra payments they receive for taking part in parliamentary committees to be paid into a solidarity fund used to help pay off Greece?s public debt.

They also said they were giving up their right to have a courtesy car.

A statement issued on Wednesday by KKE slammed the announcement by the two politicians as hypocritical while rehashing previous proposals which, it said, ?have for years run into the stubborn refusal of those who now crusade against corruption.?

The Communist Party has said it wants to see a ?drastic reduction in salaries? for lawmakers as well as the abolition of MP’s pensions (in addition to the pension deputies get from their professional fund) and payments for taking part in parliamentary committees.

Several politicians, including Kyriakos Mitsotakis, have in the past suggested that the number of MPs be reduced from 300 to 200.