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Second KDP lawmaker declines parliamentary pension

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) lawmaker in the Kurdistan Parliament Rebwar Babkayi (File Photo)
2020-01-22

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) lawmaker in the Kurdistan Parliament Rebwar Babkayi said on Wednesday (January 22) that he had submitted a letter in order to decline his parliamentary pension.

“I refuse my parliamentary pension. Once my term ends in the Parliament, I will retire with only 50 percent of my pensions, which is 4.2 million Iraqi dinars [$3,520 per month],” the letter said.

Babkayi is the second KDP MP to decline his pension, along with Sarwan Muhammad Ali.

Several other MPs, including four from the New Generation Movement and three from the Change Movement (Gorran), have also declined their pensions, citing their right to do so under the recently-passed pension reform bill.

The legislation passed last week 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)