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KRG approves draft law to form tribunal for suspected ISIS militants

  2021-04-28  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers during its weekly meeting in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 28,2021. Photo by KRG
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers on Wednesday (April 28) approved a draft law for the opening of a criminal court to try suspected Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the Kurdistan Region.

The approval was made during a weekly meeting of the council, in which four other bills to amend laws related to investment, commerce and industry were approved, according to a KRG readout.

Draft laws prepared and approved by the KRG usually require Kurdistan Parliament’s approvals through a majority vote. 

Both KRG Minister of Finance and Economy Awat Janab and Minister of Planning Dar Rashid presented reports on the latest development in the bill. 

The council also decided to form a committee to include its observations and proposals in the draft law in preparation for a vote on it by the cabinet before referring it to parliament. The KRG has not had its own budget since 2013.

KRG still struggles to pay public sector employee in full and slashed March salary by 21 percent cuts.

The passage of Iraq’s 2021 Federal Budget Law has provided the public sector workers with hopes that the KRG will put an end to its salary cuts scheme in effect for more than a year.

In 2014, the KRG introduced several austerity measures to return some cash for the public coffer including a halting to employment and promotion to public sector workers and stored several pays as debts in the years. 

In 2020, it announced salary cuts to public servants earning over 300,000 Iraqi dinars (205,2) following budget freeze by Baghdad. 

The cash-strapped KRG cabinet of Prime Minister Masrour Barzani is still unable to pay its wage bill on in full without cuts following the rise of the global crude oil prices.

Throughout 2020, the KRG missed five months’ worth of salaries to its public servants and paid one in full and slashed others by either eighteen or twenty-one percent citing the COVID-19 pandemic, budget with Baghdad and low oil prices.

Deputy Prime Minister briefed the attendees about the results of a previous meeting on countering drought in the Kurdistan Region. Consequently, the council decide to prepare a drought response plan to be debated and voted in the upcoming meeting.

(Zhyan English)