Members of parliament in Burkina Faso have agreed to have their salaries slashed by half, reports the BBC. The move followed heated exchanges on social media after it was revealed that legislators were paid more than $3,000 monthly. The average salary in the country is about $150 a month. One legislator said the pay cut would promote better governance and rebuild confidence in democracy during a year-long transition to elections. The former National Assembly in Burkina Faso has been replaced by an interim parliament, the Transitional National Council (CNT), as part of arrangements following the forced resignation of long-serving ruler Blaise Compaore last year. Compaore seized power in a coup in 1987 and went on to win four disputed elections. The 90 members of the CNT have been paid a gross salary plus attendance fees, office allowances, healthcare supplements and fuel costs. Campaigners, including grassroots political movement, Balai Citoyen, have said legislators should not be paid attendance fees and have pointed out the substantial gap between their salaries and average earnings. Another campaign group, the Coalition Against Costly Life, has said a maximum salary of $900 would be sufficient. Revelations about legislators’ pay prompted angry reactions on social media, with many saying the pay levels amounted to an abuse of power.