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Saudi Arabia is using a new calender to lower wages

Saudi Arabia has announced that salaries for government employees will no longer be calculated according to the Islamic calendar, but according to the Western Gregorian calendar. The change is expected to be resisted by religious conservatives and comes as part of huge cutbacks in government spending and subsidies. Until now, Saudi Arabia has calculated the pay for public servants according to the Hijri lunar calendar, in which a year is 11 days shorter than in the Western system.
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