UAE: New federal decree to increase accountability of ministers, officials
Under the decree, the Public Prosecution can receive and accordingly investigate complaints against a senior official.
A federal decree issued in the UAE will enhance transparency in government by holding ministers and senior officials accountable for wrongdoing.
Under the decree, the Public Prosecution can receive and accordingly investigate complaints against a senior official and take necessary actions.
The Public Prosecution can ban a minister or an official under investigation from travelling and freeze their money, as well as the funds of their wives and minors, if necessary.
The potential penalties for violators include censuring, forced retirement, job termination, or relief of duties, along with deprivation of pension or bonus at a maximum of one quarter of the total, the decree stated.
Issued by the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the decree is part of efforts to adopt laws and regulations that consolidate transparency and the rule of law within the federal government.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce the decree.
“We are a law-abiding country. The integrity and transparency of our federal government is a top priority,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
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