The Iraqi parliament decided today to stop deductions on the salaries of its employees two years ago and to allocate amounts to compensate employees of the Kurdistan region after the rise in oil prices, and allowed to be 20 percent of its members without university degrees, but failed again to approve the budget this year.
From the London : During its meeting today, the Iraqi Council voted on the law of the second amendment to the law of the elections of the House of Representatives for the year 2013 submitted by the Legal Committee “for the purpose of amending the provisions governing the electoral process commensurate with the possibilities available to the Commission and to enable some segments of society to representation in the House of Representatives” , Which included a paragraph that stipulates that 20% of the members of the House of Representatives next of the holders of a certificate of preparatory or equivalent, as said the information service of the Council in a report received by “Elaf”.
65 deputies will not hold university degrees in the next parliament
Thus, about 65 of the total 328 members of the House of Representatives will not have university degrees, while the number in the current parliament, which is approaching the end of its legislative session 90 members.
The Council voted in a session held last month on the law of the elections of the House of Representatives set date on May 12 next, following claims of deputies of the western regions, which were under the control of a preacher before being liberated by Iraqi forces and suffered near-total destruction due to fighting between the parties.
Cancellation of payroll deductions
The Council also decided to cancel the deductions of salaries of employees of about 6 million employees and Majida Tamimi, a member of the Finance Committee in the House of Representatives in a press conference, “The Committee decided unanimously to cancel the paragraph deductions for salaries of employees in the country’s budget for the current year 2018, explaining that the imposition of deductions during the past two years Was made because of the decline in oil prices and a tight control over vast areas of Iraq.
She explained that the amendments to the draft general budget, which came from the government included the increase of budget revenues from 90 billion dollars to 91 billion dollars, part of non-oil revenues .. She said the public expenditure of the state rose from 103 billion dollars to 104 billion dollars and investment expenditures also rose from 24 billion to 24.6 billion, while the deficit fell in the light of rising revenues from 13 billion dollars and became 12.5 billion dollars, as quoted by local media seen by “Elaf.”
Compensation of employees of the Kurdistan Region
On the compensation of the employees of the northern Kurdistan region, MP al-Tamimi pointed out that a new paragraph has been added to the budget allocations of $ 2 billion added to the allocations of emergency reserve, which was previously $ 190 million are compensation of employees, including in the Kurdistan region and investment expenditures and network, Sales tax on shopping malls, shopping malls, hairdressing salons for women and men, and obliging them to purchase the accounting equipment from the General Authority for Taxation.
It is noteworthy that the Kurdistan Regional Government has not paid the salaries of its employees for more than three months, which witnessed some provinces in the region angry protests for employees demanding their salaries. Haidar al-Abbadi has already pledged to pay the salaries of the regional staff, but this has not been done because of the delay in checking the lists of employees there. He pointed out that the delay was due to the inclusion of false names.
Amendments to the Budget of 2018
For his part, Speaker of the House of Representatives Salim al-Jubouri said during the meeting that the government sent on Thursday a modified version of the draft federal budget bill for 2018 and was referred to the Finance Committee, calling them to study the revised version and include the proposed amendments to the project to complete the legislation.
He stressed the need to “hold a technical meeting with Prime Minister Haider Abadi to resolve the amendments and deliberation on the adoption of the federal budget to the benefit of all according to requests submitted,” as quoted by the media committee of parliament in its report sent to “Elaf.”
And faces the adoption of the budget objections to the Kurds to reduce the share of their northern region from 17 percent to 12.67 percent, while demanding the southern provinces to allocate 5 percent of the price of each barrel produced in their local budgets, while calling for the deputies of the western and northern provinces affected by the battles against Daash allocating amounts For the return of displaced persons to their areas and reconstruction.
Jubouri said that the presidency of the Council is working with the Finance Committee and the government to prepare a formula in the budget to meet the demands of all parties, referring to the need to amend the provincial elections law not inconsistent with the date of the meeting as well as the importance of resolving the article on the province of Kirkuk this week, urging deputies to intensify attendance and strive To complete legislation.
He explained that after reviewing the financial committee’s data and the high oil prices and the return of the displaced, the committee will ensure the draft budget item to avoid the need to cut the salaries of employees by 3.8 percent, stressing the keenness of the House of Representatives strongly not to prejudice these salaries.
For its part, the Finance Committee announced its support for the guidance of the Speaker of the House of Representatives to eliminate deductions from the salaries of employees in the budget this year, noting that a vote will be taken on the resolution in this regard.