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KRG PM Barzani should answer questions before Kurdistan Parliament: MPs

New Generation lawmaker in the Kurdistan Parliament Kawa Abdulqadir is seen during a session in the Kurdistan Parliament (File)
2020-09-21

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SULAIMANI — New Generation lawmaker in the Kurdistan Parliament Kawa Abdulqadir said on Monday (September 21) that twenty-two opposition members of parliament have signed a letter calling for Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani to appear before the legislature to answer questions about public sector pay cuts.

In addition to Barzani, Abdulqadir said in a post of his official Facebook page that KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and Minister of Finance and the Economy Awat Janab should also be summoned.

Together they represent each of the three parties that make up the KRG cabinet, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), and the Change Movement (Gorran) respectively.

Abdulqadir noted that no MPs from the government parties had signed the letter.

Barzani has not appeared before Parliament to answer questions from legislators since taking office in July 2019.

Facing a severe budget shortfall, and largely reliant on budget transfers from Baghdad, the KRG controversially decided to cut the salaries of most public servants by twenty-one percent earlier this year.

“We will not be silent in the face of that illegal violation by the government and the Kurdistan Parliament should work seriously on the topic and summon the government,” Abdulqadir said.

In his post, he also claimed that the KRG was seeking to make the cuts permanent, but offered no concrete evidence to support the accusation.

(NRT Digital Media)