A blockbuster day in court
Federal court’s stacked Sunday schedule on Kurdistan looms
BAGHDAD, January 20 — The Federal Court of Iraq announced Saturday it will conduct seven sessions Sunday, all focusing on the Kurdistan region or Kurdish issues. Striking teachers in Sulaymaniyah have expressed hope that the seventh session will address their long-delayed salaries.
The court’s agenda for Sunday includes appearances by the speaker of the federal House of Representatives, the former speaker of the Kurdistan Region’s parliament, the Iraqi prime minister, the prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and the KRG minister of finance.
In Sulaymaniyah, security forces had been interrogating several striking teachers, after summoning them to security HQs, while others continue their strike and protests that have hobbled the entire academic year in Sulaymaniyah. A delegation of teachers is in Baghdad to pursue the salary issue with federal officials.
Najmaddin Mohammed, a teacher attending Sunday’s court session, told 964media, “We anticipate a verdict regarding our salaries tomorrow. The session was delayed earlier due to the finance minister’s absence, but the [Kurdistan Region] Minister of Finance is expected to attend.”
These events occur amid ongoing strikes and demonstrations by teachers in Sulaymaniyah and other parts of the Kurdistan region, who are demanding unpaid salaries and improved working conditions.