NICOSIA (AFP) - Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has announced a 10-percent salary cut for himself, the government and other top officials in a move to trim the public sectors bloated pay roll. Christofias made the pledge during a televised press conference on Monday night to mark two years in power as the countrys first communist president. The 10-percent cut in his annual salary of 145,000 euros (196,000 dollars) would also apply to his 10 ministers and his undersecretary, the government spokesman, presidential commissioner and presidential office director. The president, who is the Greek Cypriot leader on the divided island which joined the EU on May 1, 2004, suggested MPs and senior civil servants follow suit for the sake of the economy. It is up to each and every one of us to make a decision and a judgement in taking this step, Christofias said. He said the government of the Mediterranean holiday island was facing a difficult year in 2010 but measures were being adopted to navigate the island out of recession. The government is on an austerity drive to tackle a fiscal deficit that it estimates will reach seven percent double the European Union ceiling in 2007 unless corrective measures are implemented. Due to a slump in the tourism and real estate sectors, the Cyprus government was hit with a one-billion-euro shortfall in revenues last year. The states biggest outlay is the public sector pay roll which aims to reduce with a pay and recruitment freeze. Government jobs are among the best paid, compared to private sector salaries, and most coveted.