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Poland to Shed Top Government Jobs Following Outcry Over Bonuses

Poland wants to eliminate as much as a quarter of 126 deputy ministers and scrap bonuses for top government brass following an outcry over end-of-year payouts for politically appointed state officials, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Monday.

Morawiecki’s plan, aimed at creating a “leaner” and more transparent administration, also includes curbing the number of credit cards for top officials. The moves follow news that Beata Szydlo, who stepped down as premier in December, paid bonuses to herself and other cabinet members of as much as 82,000 zloty ($24,000), or about 1.5 times the country’s average annual wage.