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Nigeria's president announces cuts ahead of strike

Nigeria's president announces cuts ahead of strike

Nigeria's president has announced has cut travel and some salaries in the oil-rich country's executive branch ahead of a planned nationwide strike over spiraling fuel costs.
Goodluck Jonathan says he has ordered travel by political office holders be cut "to the barest minimum." The president also says he has cut political office holders' salaries in the executive branch by 25 percent for 2012.
Jonathan made the comments Saturday night in an address aired nationally on the state-run Nigerian Television Authority.
Gas prices have risen from $1.70 per gallon (45 cents per liter) to at least $3.50 per gallon (94 cents per liter) since the subsidy ended Sunday at Jonathan's order. Unions plan a nationwide strike Monday that could paralyze the country.