From 12 important days to 100... “temperamental” holidays, Iraq suffers losses, and politicians “fear” of legislating its law[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 press report discussed the extent to which many sectors in Iraq are affected by losses and negatives as a result of the many holidays granted in Iraq as “temperamental,” according to what observers and specialists describe. While the number of important and agreed-upon holidays is only 12 days, the number of holidays in Iraq actually exceeds 100 days, that is, about A third of the year, while these holidays affect the delay in completing citizens’ transactions and the associated losses, in addition to affecting the wages of daily wage workers.
Most of the Iraqi holidays are linked to historical, religious and sectarian facts, although they did not exceed 16 days before 2003.
Last Thursday, the Iraqi government announced a new official holiday next Wednesday on the occasion of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, according to a statement issued by the Iraqi government office in Baghdad.
Since 2015, the Iraqi Council of Representatives has not been able to pass the controversial Public Holidays Law, due to deep disagreements regarding it, which led to it being transferred more than once to subsequent parliamentary sessions, in the hope of reaching political settlements.
Former officials and representatives confirm that the number of holidays announced by the government in 2021 reached 105 days, while in 2022 it exceeded 110 days, excluding Fridays and Saturdays.
The report notes that “most of these vacation days are subject to the “mood” of the Iraqi government, without paying attention to the extent to which they contribute to delaying the country, especially official transactions related to Iraqis in state departments, courts, schools, and others, knowing that this is not based on a clear law. In particular, Iraqi law gives local governorate governments the right to declare a holiday for the residents of the governorate alone, as needed, and this has become repeated in several governorates for various reasons.”
Only 12 important public holidays
Earlier, the Iraqi Ministry of Culture proposed a new formula for the Official Holidays Law, in cooperation with government agencies, but some political parties found that paragraphs in the proposal raise sensitivity about holidays related to controversial or controversial occasions. She indicated, in a statement, that “Iraq has become the first country in the world in the number of official holidays, which affects the achievement, economic situation and progress of the country, and that the proposal includes only 12 important official holidays.”
An official in the Ministry of Culture, who preferred to remain anonymous, said on Friday, “The Ministry still maintains the proposal, after more than one prime minister neglected it, starting with Haider al-Abadi and ending with the current Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani. The proposal includes the days of declaring victory over ISIS.” National Day in Iraq, the declaration of the Republican regime, Army Day, Nowruz Day, International Workers’ Day, and Eid al-Fitr, in addition to important religious holidays, such as the first and tenth of the month of Muharram, the Prophet’s birthday, the days of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, and December 25. On the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The same official adds, “There is complete chaos in determining holidays, and the government has declared more than one unimportant occasion an official holiday, which usually leads to government departments being late in completing their tasks, not to mention the accumulation of citizens’ transactions.” He stresses that "legislating a law on holidays is a very important matter. This law was supposed to be called the Holidays, Officials, and Memorials Law, and includes all holidays and popular events that are important to all Iraqis, but there are political parties preventing its passage."
For his part, a member of the Legal Committee in the Iraqi Parliament, Muhammad Anouz, says, “The holiday law and other laws are pursued by unclear political disputes and different moods, knowing that they benefit the Iraqi state and help in its progress, especially as they relate to the work of official departments and government institutions,” specifically pointing out To "the courts in which the dates for lawsuits and special sessions in the presence of the parties to the cases and their witnesses are usually crowded, which causes confusion in judicial work."
Anouz explains that “the blocs of political parties represent the components of the House of Representatives, and therefore any law that conflicts with the parties’ orientations is subject to disruption and deportation, and there are laws that have been suspended and carried over to subsequent parliamentary sessions for more than 10 years,” noting that “the political will to achieve real change for the better In the country, it is considered insignificant, and the evidence of this is the great despair of Iraqis regarding the political situation.”
Administrative and economic problems
In a related context, political activist Yasser Abdel Aziz believes that “the many holidays, specifically those issued by local provincial governments, lead to administrative and economic problems, especially since a significant segment of Iraqis work on daily wages, which exposes them to financial and financial losses.” "The end is real poverty that the government knows nothing about."
Abdel Aziz warned that “the absence of legal accountability for negligent employees, especially members of influential parties under the pretext of religious occasions, also causes this obstruction.”
Abdul Aziz regrets that “there is a political intention by some parties to keep Iraq backward, in order to advance political and partisan interests at the expense of the Iraqis. This is one of the products of the great chaos left behind by the distorted democracy that entered Iraq after 2003,” according to him.
As for the Iraqi economic researcher, Munir Abdullah, he explains, “Holidays in Iraq may actually exceed official working days, especially with the vacations that employees request for medical purposes, rest, or study. Therefore, the Iraqi employee is the employee who works the least in his department compared to other Arab countries.” He stressed that this “affects the progress of transactions and the speed of their completion. Perhaps the court departments are the most affected.”
Abdullah continues, “Holidays have a minimal impact on the Iraqi economy, because Iraq depends almost entirely on oil to manage financial obligations, and this source makes Iraq one of the lazy countries, and therefore does not care much about aspects of improving the economy through other government sectors.”
Source: Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed