Despite the crisis, the Kurdistan government spends millions of dinars as rewards for members of the "dissolved" parliament[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 Kurdish government source revealed today, Monday (December 4, 2023), that the Kurdistan government issued an order granting an amount of 52 million dinars to the members of the fifth session of the “dissolved” regional parliament.
The source said in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “the regional government issued the order to grant the representatives of the regional parliament for the fifth session an amount of 52 million Iraqi dinars as a reward for them, and there are only 10 representatives who were not included in this decision because they received the amount in previous sessions as former members.”
This grant came at a time when the region's employees are suffering from delayed salaries and have not yet received their September salary, while the fate of their October, second and December salaries is still unknown.
The Federal Court issued a decision to dissolve the fifth session of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament, rejecting the extension made by the region’s president, Nechirvan Barzani, following a call made by representatives of the New Generation Movement, while the representatives were referred to retirement.
Kurdistan Parliament elections are scheduled to be held in February next year, under the supervision of the Independent High Electoral Commission.
The Kurdistan Regional Parliament includes 111 deputies, including 11 deputies representing the minority quota, and the Kurdistan Democratic Party tops the parliamentary lists within the Regional Parliament, as it has 45 seats. The Kurdistan Regional Parliament was established on 19-5 in 1992, one year after the Kurdistan Region gained autonomy. During the era of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Earlier, economic affairs expert Aram Othman confirmed, in an interview with “Baghdad Today,” that “the dollar crisis has greater burdens on the governorates of the region than other governorates, due to the fact that the governorates of Kurdistan are suffering from very large economic crises.”
He added, "The region's markets have become almost paralyzed due to the lack of financial liquidity among citizens, and thus purchasing operations have stopped except for essential needs."
He continued, "The crisis in the region has been going on for years due to non-payment of employee salaries, as well as high tax rates," noting that "the dollar crisis came to undermine the movement of markets and make them paralyzed."
The Kurdistan region is facing a major financial crisis that makes it unable to pay the salaries of its employees, after the export of Kurdistan oil through Turkey stopped, at a time when the region looks to Baghdad as responsible for providing employee salaries and supporting Erbil with all its financial needs.