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Lee orders raise for civil servants

President Lee Myung-bak said yesterday he is lifting a two-year freeze on public servants’ salaries as Korea’s economy gets healthier.

“Now, it seems that our economy has come out of a big crisis,” Lee said in a weekly cabinet meeting, according to his spokesman Park Sun-kyoo. “I think hikes in the wage of public servants are needed next year.”

Lee ordered the cabinet to draw up a budget to reflect the increase, Park said.

The president ascribed the quick economic recovery to the people’s unified support for the government’s policy. “I feel grateful to public officials who have worked hard despite the pay freeze for the past two years,” Lee said.

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