AMAN calls for removing the consequences of the Law by Decree No. 4 of 2020 on Ministers’ Salaries

AMAN calls for removing the consequences of the Law by Decree No. 4 of 2020 on Ministers’ Salaries

In letters to the Advisor to President and Chair of Palestinian Pension Agency

Ramallah – The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) is following closely the latest amendments, which provide for repealing the Law by Decree No. 4 of 2020 Amending the Law on the Honoraria and Salaries of Members of the Legislative Council, Members of the Government and Governors No. 11 of 2004 as Amended. In addition to a viral debate on social media platforms, uncertain information indicate that a number of public officials have, or might have, received benefits conferred by the Law by Decree No. 4 of 2020 before it had been repealed. The enactment was withdrawn by President Mahmoud Abbas under a subsequent law by decree late last month. AMAN thanked the President for his quick response to the heartbeat of the street and attention to reducing waste of public funds.

In a letter to Mr. Ali Muhanna, Advisor to the President for Legal Affairs, Mr. Abed Al Qader Al Husseni, Chairman of AMAN’s Board of Directors, demanded that the amending act be enforced retroactively, starting from the date on which the repealed law by decree was promulgated on 27 February 2020. This should avoid exploiting Article 3 of the Law by Decree No. 4 of 2020, which provided for immediate enforcement of the law by decree.

In another letter to Dr. Ahmed Majdalani, Chairman of the Palestinian Pension Agency (PPA), Mr. Al Husseini requested a validation of unconfirmed reports on benefits potentially earned by a number of public officials before the law by decree had been repealed. To improve transparency and access to public information, Mr. Al Husseini demanded that the PPA share with AMAN the names of officials, who have had these benefits, if such had been the case.