KDP lawmaker declines parliamentary pension

An undated photo of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) lawmaker Sarwan Muhammad Ali Harki during a Kurdistan Parliament session (File)

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) lawmaker Sarwan Muhammad Ali Harki has decided that he will forego his parliamentary pension.

He made the request official by submitting a form to the speaker’s office on Sunday (January 19).

“I, as a member of the Fifth Kurdistan Parliament from the Kurdistan Democratic Party caucus, am alerting your Excellency that I am refusing my pension and deem it as my conscientious duty in front of the Peshmerga and the valued families of the martyrs and sincere people of the nation and homeland to do so,” Harki said in a statement.

Several other MPs, including at least four New Generation lawmakers, have also declined their pensions, citing their right to do so under the recently-passed pension reform bill.

The legislation passed on Thursday with 89 votes in favor, despite protests from activists and opposition parties who said that it primarily benefits senior government officials at the expense of ordinary government workers and people dependent on government social services.

(NRT Digital Media)