UAE issues decree to hold ministers and senior officials accountable
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UAE issues decree to hold ministers and senior officials accountable

UAE issues decree to hold ministers and senior officials accountable

During the investigation, the UAE general prosecutor can ban a minister or an official from travelling and freeze their assets

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The UAE has introduced a new federal decree that holds ministers and senior officials accountable for any wrongdoing.

The decree, issued by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is part of efforts to promote transparency and the rule of law within the federal government, official news agency WAM reported.

Under the law, the Public Prosecution will receive complaints against senior officials and refer them to investigation, in collaboration with the UAE cabinet.

During the investigation, the UAE general prosecutor can ban a minister or an official from travelling and freeze their assets as well as the funds of their wives and minors, if necessary.

As per the decree, penalties for administrative or financial violations include censuring, forced retirement, job termination, or relief of duties along with cutting the pension or bonus at a maximum of one quarter of the total.

“Transparency is our priority in UAE,” UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said on Twitter.

The UAE is ranked first in the region and 21st globally on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.

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