New Generation Movement president threatens to expel MPs who do not decline parliamentary pensions

Giving 48-hours to do so
New Generation President Shaswar Abdulwahid along with four lawmkaers from the movement in a press conference on Monday January 20, 2020 (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — New Generation President Shaswar Abdulwahid said on Monday (January 20) that the Movement would expel three of its lawmakers within 48-hours if they do not submit declarations declining parliamentary pensions.

“Our members of parliament have fulfilled the promise that they made during the election and refused their pensions,” Abdulqadir said during a press conference, referring to Kawa Abdulqadir, Kazim Faruq, Sipan Amedi, and Muzhda Mahmud who all submitted their forms on Sunday.

The move is part of a continued protest by the Movement against the recently-passed pension reform bill, which was approved by lawmakers on Thursday. New Generation objected to provisions in the legislation guaranteeing generous lifetime payments for senior government officials for short stints in government service.

Speaker Rewaz Fayaq said on Saturday that there was a provision in the reform bill that allowed MPs to decline their pensions should they chose.

While the rest of the Movement’s lawmakers walked out of Thursday’s vote, lawmaker Shadi Nawzad remained in the chamber and voted in favor of the legislation. She was quickly expelled from the Movement.

“If the other three members of parliament do not fill out the forms giving up their parliamentary pensions, they will be removed from the caucus and from the Movement within 48-hours,” Abdulwahid said.

New Generation lawmakers Diyari Anwar, Mam Burhan Muhammad Qanie, and Sirwan Baban were not present at the press conference.

(NRT Digital Media)