Kurdistan Region lawmakers hold final parliament session
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Lawmakers in the outgoing Kurdistan Region parliament held their last session on Wednesday.
The outgoing parliament has been widely described as the most dysfunctional in its history. The first parliament sat in 1992.
The legislature was largely ineffective, beleaguered by conflict and boycotts. It was shut down completely for two years after disputes between the KDP and Gorran reached breaking point.
It reconvened on September 15, 2017 in order to give a mandate for the independence referendum that was held 10 days later.
During its term, 206 bills were introduced, but just 31 were turned into law.
One of the most contested bills was a series of salary and pension reforms that reduced salaries for senior government officials.
Starting from Wednesday, MPs in the outgoing parliament will receive pensions set at 80 percent of their salaries.
In addition to their pensions, the MPs will each receive a 48 million dinar ($40,300) bonus.
The judicial council approved the election results on Tuesday and the new parliament is expected to sit for the first time on November 6.
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