Cabinet announces Eid holiday, authorises payment of May salaries of state employees

The Cabinet held its regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.

At the start of the meeting, the Prime Minister told the Cabinet that the government is determined to overcome the security, economic and health challenges facing the country, and urged all state institutions to work as a team to combat corruption and cut red-tape.

The Cabinet discussed Iraq’s national efforts to combat Covid-19, and received a briefing from the Minister of Health who reiterated the importance of continuing to follow official health advice, social distancing measures and abiding by the curfew.

The Cabinet discussed measures to mitigate the effects of the economic crisis on citizens, cut the deficit and maximize non-oil revenues.

The Cabinet authorised the Ministry of Finance to borrow to address the financial deficit caused by low oil prices.

Following discussions, the Cabinet decided to:

  • Authorise the payment of the salaries of state employees for May in full
  • Declare 21 – 28 May as Eid Al-Fitr holiday, and impose a total curfew during this period

(Source: Govt of Iraq)

By John Lee.

The number of tourists visiting the Kurdistan Region of Iraq over the Ramadan holidays has doubled since last year to 243,000 people.

The income generated is estimated at $73 million.

Nawroz Mawlud, the minister for Municipalities and Tourism told Rudaw that about 70 percent of the tourists came from southern and central Iraq and the rest were from Iran, Turkey, and other foreign countries.

She added that more foreign holidaymakers are visiting Kurdistan mainly because of improved airline connections.

(Source: Rudaw)

By John Lee.

According to a report from Rudaw, more than 140,000 tourists have visited the Kurdistan Region for the Ramadan holidays, an increase for the second year in a row.

These interim figures are only for four days — Friday until Monday. Final figures will be released next week.

Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, began on Sunday in Kurdistan Region.

(Source: Rudaw)

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revealed a coalition of state law with the direction of the National Alliance to convene a national conference after the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, stressing the need to resort to dialogue and national building between the forces and the political blocs and leaders to confront the dangers posed to the country and to develop mechanisms of action and understanding between everyone and this is what endorsed the Kurdistan Alliance, urged the coalition in Iraq free of political forces to make the Eid al-Fitr opportunity to open a new page based on mutual trust and make the interests of citizens above any considerations of partisan or Ktheloah.