UAE boosts military pensions, seen pre-empting unrest

| 24/03/2011

(Reuters): The United Arab Emirates has ordered a70 percent pension increase for military personnel, local media said on Wednesday, in a move that could stave off dissent in the Gulf Arab state as protests sweep the region. The order by President Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, released by state news agency WAM and published in newspapers, includes bonuses for ministry of defence and armed forces staff and is effective in March. It appeared to be the latest in a string of moves by the world’s No. 3 oil exporter to pre-empt unrest that has hit wealthy Gulf Arab states that considered themselves in the past immune to political strife.

Last week, the US ally said it would hold its second-ever election to the advisory Federal National Council (FNC) in September, in a cautious step towards political reform in a federation run almost exclusively by its ruling families.

The FNC election in 2006 had 6,600 voters, including 1,160 women, and accounted for less than 1 percent of the population.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    kinda like paying people to work for the government eh