Posted on July 12, 2016 by Editorial Staff in 1 Top News, Politics
Iraqi Kurdistan parliament. Photo: Perleman
SULAIMANI, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— A Kurdish lawmaker said on Monday the speaker of Iraqi Kurdistan’s Parliament can hold meetings in alternative locations if he is prevented from holding sessions in Erbil.
MP Haji Karwan told NRT the parliament speaker and the secretary of parliament can call on lawmakers to meet outside of Erbil.
“Kurdistan’s Parliament can hold meetings in any place with a signature from the speaker and secretary of parliament,” Karwan said. “There is no obstacle to hold meetings neither from security nor politically.”
A months-long political crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan has left the legislature in limbo since speaker Yusuf Mohammed Sadiq was blocked from entering Erbil last October as he made his way to the parliament building in the region’s capital city.
Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) authorities blame the Change Movement (Gorran) for attacks on its party offices in the region’s east during protests that turned violent in the fall of 2015.
Lawmaker Karwan said the KDP has power to reactivate Kurdistan’s Parliament but does not intend to carry out the reactivation.
“We are stuck between power and will,” Karwan added. “We have the will but we don’t have power to reactivate parliament. However, KDP has the power but not the will.”
The KDP wants a new cabinet for the Kurdistan Region, saying it will not allow Gorran to participate in a new cabinet.
In contrast, Gorran rejects the claims, saying the KDP has thrown Iraqi Kurdistan into a political and economic crisis.
The crisis erupted after Massoud Barzani, whose term as Kurdistan President ended on August 20, 2015 but refused to step down and remains unofficially in office. According to the law in Kurdistan, Barzani cannot run for presidency anymore.
Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani has removed four members of his cabinet from the Change (Gorran) Movement on October 13, 2015. Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament’s Speaker Yusuf Mohammad Sadiq was prevented from entering Erbil city on October 11, 2015. Since then Kurdistan parliament parliament has been suspended.
The expelled ministers were replaced on October 28, 2015 with KDP politicians.
The KDP blames Gorran for inciting demonstrators to attack KDP offices in Sulaimani and Halabja provinces in September 2015. Gorran denied the accusations.
The Gorran Movement accused the KDP of a monopoly all government’s positions in Erbil, and it does not believe in the principles of true partnership and and peaceful transfer of power.
Massoud Barzani said in March 2016 the day we have an independent Kurdistan, I will quit presidency.