[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]The law of dual nationals raises early disagreement within the new parliament
Some of Iraq's winning political blocs are leading a massive movement to prevent officials of other nationalities from running for office.
Parliament Speaker Mohamed Halboussi plans to put the vote on a draft resolution in parliament, where candidates for government positions are required to give up their nationalities.
In a tweet through his Twitter account, Al-Halbusi said he had prepared a decision requiring candidates for government positions to abandon the acquired nationalities.
Abadi is a British and Abdel Mahdi is French
Iraqi lawmakers introduced the law of dual nationality to parliament in 2009 but the House of Representatives in its previous sessions and within 9 years was unable to vote on it, because of differences and intersections between political parties.
The differences between the political blocs are centered on the reluctance of some parties that have influence within parliament to legislate this law, because it mainly affects their presidents, which forces them to abandon the nationality of the second state.
The current prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi, has British citizenship, although he was the highest executive position in the Iraqi state, while Iraqi media in 2014, Abadi abandoned the nationality acquired, and return to Britain.
It also raised the question of the possession of the new Prime Minister designate Adel Abdel-Mahdi, French nationality, and whether he would abandon them when voting on his ministerial and government program.
Despite the relative ambiguity surrounding the possession of dual national political figures, Iraqi media reports that there are about 15 prominent political figures with other nationalities.
This information indicates that the most prominent of these figures are: former Speaker of Parliament Salim Jubouri, holder of Qatari nationality, while former President Fuad Masum and former leader of the Sadrist Bahaa al-Araji, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and the Sunni leader Saleh al-Mutlaq, British nationality, in addition to Abadi.
Immunity against judicial proceedings
The other dual nationality of Iraqi officials is immunity from prosecution and legal proceedings if they are found to be involved in administrative or financial corruption, as has been the case with many of them.
The governor of Basra, Majid al-Nasrawi, who has Australian nationality, fled to Iran last year after a court order forbidding him from traveling and questioning him about corruption files involving his son.
Former ministers also managed to escape on the basis of the second nationality of support and immunity, as was the case with the former ministers of trade, defense and electricity, respectively, Abdul-Falah al-Sudani, Hazem al-Shaalan, Ayham al-Samarrai, and others who were not prosecuted as citizens of another country.
The Iraqi constitution provides for the possibility of multiple citizenship for Iraqi citizens, but stipulates in Article 18 that whoever has a high sovereign or security position must renounce any other acquired nationality, and this is regulated by law, which has not happened.
The Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari previously announced that more than 32 Iraqi ambassadors out of 66 dual nationality, which was controversial at the time about the large number of Iraqi ambassadors are dual nationality.
The draft law on dual nationality states that the second nationality of every person holding a government post, including the heads of the House of Representatives, their deputies and members of Parliament, the President of the Republic, his deputies and his advisers, the heads of the Council of Ministers and their deputies, ministers and ministers, the Governor of the Central Bank, judges and officers of the institution Security.