Cyprus Mountain Dwelling Allowance to Be Canceled, ANA Reports

Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Cyprus’s government has decided that people who live in mountainous regions won’t receive a special allowance this year because of the country’s struggling economy, Athens News Agency reported without citing anyone.

The annual allowance of 5.2 million euros ($6.4 million) goes to 22,000 residents of 99 communities that are located 600 meters (1,968 feet) above sea level, the state-run news agency said. A committee set up by areas affected said residents will descend on Nicosia, the capital, to protest if the government doesn’t rescind its decision by Sept. 20, the news agency said.

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