[size=36]124 days of public holiday in Iraq .. Can parliament legislation to reduce it?[/size]
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Many holidays in Iraq push some to seek to amend them because of disrupting the interests of citizens, in addition to the great economic loss, but it is not easy, especially since most of the religious or national
holidays announced by the government from time to time negatively affect the Iraqi government institutions Especially those services, which have direct contact with the daily affairs of citizens and their work.
Since 2003, the number of public holidays declared by the state has increased from 16 days to 124, representing 33 per cent of the total number of days of the year, most of which are holidays and holidays chosen as religious occasions related to different Iraqi sects and several days.
In spite of attempts to pass the law of public holidays in a way that reduces the number of holidays, but the parties refuse to do so and seek to maintain.
As a result of the fact that most of these holidays are linked to religious events after 2003, the debate has not been easy, either by citizens or members of parliament who adopt the option of a civil state. Religious parties usually defend these holidays, although some reports indicate that the country has suffered significant financial losses. As a result of their abundance.
A government official said that "the negative impact of the holidays on the performance of state institutions can not be denied, and even some state leaders want to reduce them without being able to," explaining in an interview with the newspaper Al-Arabi, seen by (Mawazine News), that "those holidays affected the The country is economically economical, except for the provision of services to citizens, especially in districts that are in direct contact with the citizen. "
The official stressed that "there are many complaints and demands from citizens to reduce these holidays, which led some officials to try to coordinate with the parliament to pass a law that reduces the holidays," noting that "in any case, can not cancel many of them because of their importance and symbolic religious And patriotism for many. "
Iraqi law gave local provincial governments the right to declare a day off for residents of the province exclusively as needed, which is repeated from month to month in several provinces and for various reasons.
The Committee on Religious Endowments and Religious Affairs affirms that it "works to reduce public holidays in accordance with amendments to the (holiday law), and to pass them in parliament."
"There is a tendency to reduce public holidays within the law," said the head of the parliamentary committee of religious endowments and religious affairs, Hussein al-Yasari. The law was restored within its responsibility. "
"The committees have a tendency to reduce the holidays," said the leftist. "This will include occasions related to painful memories in the history of Iraq, especially patriotism." Religious occasions that have become controversial between doctrines and religions. "
"If the number of holidays is reduced, this will benefit Iraq," he said.
Politicians assert that "the problem of holidays lies in (sanctification) by some quarters."
"The Awqaf and Religious Affairs Committee in Parliament and the religious parties are the ones responsible for maintaining public holidays," said Zaid al-Adli, a member of the civil movement. "These parties do not want to cancel any holiday, especially religious holidays and events," he said. , Which have religious sanctity. "
Al-Adli adds that "the law to reduce the holidays is one of the laws introduced in parliament for a long time, but those bodies do not want to amend and cancel some of the holidays, but want to pass with the majority of the holidays, and add others instead of worthless holidays."