Erbil on Baghdad's supervision of the distribution of salaries of Kurdistan employees: a constitutional violation and an attack on democracy[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] |Today[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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A former member of the Kurdistan Region Parliament and Kurdish politician, Abdul Salam Berwari, confirmed today, Monday (August 21, 2023), that the issue of the federal government’s supervision of the process of distributing salaries to the region’s employees is a constitutional violation.
Barwari said in an interview with "Baghdad Today" that "there is a violation of Article 121 of the constitution, which stipulates that" the Kurdistan Regional Government should carry out all that is necessary to manage the region in terms of legislative and administrative aspects.
He added, "This matter is a continuation of centralization and a blow to the democratic process, and the other issue is that there are large numbers of employees and Peshmerga who receive their salaries directly from banks or from their departments directly, and therefore the process of supervising salaries is difficult from technical theory."
Berwari pointed out that "the issue of supervising salaries by Baghdad contains evasion and arguments for not sending the budget for the region," pointing out that "the Kurdistan government has committed itself to all of Baghdad's conditions."
The federal government had stipulated, on Wednesday (August 16, 2023), that it supervise the distribution of the salaries of the employees of the Kurdistan Region in return for sending the funds for the salaries for two consecutive months.
A high-level official source in the Ministry of Finance and Economy in the Kurdistan government told "Baghdad Today" that "the data on the ground through contacts with officials in the capital, Baghdad, indicate that the federal government will send the salaries of Kurdistan employees for the months of July and August during the next week." .
The source revealed, "a condition for the federal government to distribute salaries to employees directly, without any delay, and under the supervision of a committee or person approved by the federal government, and this is happening for the first time since 1990."
On the second of August, the federal government sent an amount of 598 billion dinars to the Kurdistan region, the value of the salaries of the region's employees for the month of June, while the salaries of the month of July were not sent.