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Assad orders salary boost to loyalist army, civil service personnel

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In an effort to give regime loyalists protection against economic gloom shrouding the crisis-torn Syria, President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday ordered a pay rise for all military and civil service personnel.

The salary increase, which includes a rise in pensions, was the second such move since the uprising against his rule erupted in March 2011, AFP news agency reports.

According to the decree, carried by the official SANA news agency, soldiers and civil servants will get a 40 percent pay rise on the first 10,000 pounds ($50) a month of their salaries, and a further 20 percent rise on the next 10,000,

The 27-month conflict has seen the Syrian pound lose 300 percent drop of its value against the dollar, sending the cost of imported goods spiraling, and eroding the purchasing power and living standards of those on fixed incomes.

The news comes as Western powers were reportedly attempting to “encourage a coup” against Assad by promising his close military aides that they will have roles in a rebuilt Syria, The Times reported on Thursday.

A proposal by world leaders during the G8 summit provides protection for Syrian regime’s senior military personnel, security services and government officials after Assad’s ouster, the newspaper reported.

The G8 aimed to encourage Assad loyalists, who know “in their hearts” that it is time for him to leave, that a post-Assad Syria will not fall into chaos, British Prime Minister David Cameron said at the close of the summit in Northern Ireland.