Four lawmakers of New Generation fill forms to decline pensions

New Generation lawmakers in the Kurdistan Parliament in a press conference on Wednesday July 1, 2020 (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — The four lawmakers from the New Generation Movement in the Kurdistan Parliament filled forms on Wednesday (July 1) officially turning down parliamentary pensions.

“Just like we promised our people, our voters, and the Kurdistan Region’s people from the start that we would not be part of the injustice and the oppression done by the government, and with my partners in the Parliament, together we filled out the form rejecting parliamentary retirement pensions,” lawmaker Kazim Faruq said during a press conference.

“After completing our duties in the Fifth Kurdistan Parliament, we as lawmakers of New Generation Movement in the Parliament, each of us will return to our jobs and we will not become pensioners,” he said.

“This is because of two reasons: the first is honesty and loyalty toward the promise which we made to people before the election and second is not to be part of the injustice and corruption done by the authorities, especially the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and some of their partners,” he added.

He also said that it is shameful that MPs can retire with a monthly pension of 4,500,000 Iraqi dinars ($3,780) after four years in office, but a teacher who has served for 40 years will retire with pension worth 400,000 Iraqi dinars ($360) per month.

On January 19, the lawmakers of the New Generation Movement caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament said that they submitted letters to the speakers’ office declining their pensions.

(NRT Digital Media)