A two-week strike by Malawian public-sector staff has forced the government to raise workers' salaries.
The Civil Service Trade Union called on its members to return to work after officials agreed a deal to raise the lowest-paid workers' salaries by 61 per cent and the highest-paid by 5 per cent.
Earlier in the day, police in the capital Lilongwe and the commercial capital Blantyre used tear gas to break up demonstrations by hundreds of school students.
Students at public primary and secondary schools had gone two weeks without lessons during the public workers' strike.
A 49 per cent devaluation of the Malawi kwacha last May ate into civil servants' buying power.
Official inflation figures understate the real extent of rising costs, but even the government's own CPI scheme lays bare the ongoing misery for working people and those dependent on benefits.
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