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THE government urged parties to join it in working together to get the country out of the economic rut, as a raft of measures announced on Friday received mixed reviews.“We are seeking creative cooperation and not divisive conflict,” government spokesman Christos Stylianides said. “These difficult times are difficult for everyone.”Stylianides said the government wished to cooperate with all political parties, though it had the first say as the elected administration.“It does believe however that there is no other path for the common good. There is a place for everyone to contribute,” the spokesman said... 4 comments
ONLY President Nicos Anastasiades and parliamentary speaker Yiannakis Omirou of all government officials will now be entitled to fly business class, as part of the austerity Cyprus agreed to with international lenders in exchange for a bailout.The ban on business class travel for government employees will not apply to transatlantic flights, said a memorandum of understanding between Cyprus and the eurozone.Apart from the restrictions on more comfortable travel, senior government officials will also lose the right to buy duty-free cars and all state officials and parliamentarians will have wages frozen until 2016, the document said... 19 comments