Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Article 140 postpones the resolution of constitutional amendments
Baghdad: Omar Abdul Latif
Article 140 of the Constitution stands in the way of completing the work of the Constitutional Amendments Committee in the House of Representatives, which may delay the resolution of those amendments to the next parliamentary session.
Committee member Yunadam Kana told Al-Sabah: "The committee's meetings have been suspended so far, adding to the political dispute between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region."
"It was supposed to be a meeting between the political leaders and a joint committee of the main components in Kirkuk province, which is the basis in the problem of resolving this constitutional article, but it is too late, and the amendments may not be completed during the current session," he said, adding that "the amendments, even if completed, need to be passed by parliament, and it may be difficult."
"The committee agreed to redraft article 140 in a new way, but the deputies of Kirkuk province refused, which led to the article remaining the same and did not be put up for discussion or voting," kana said, adding that "the report that is supposed to be written by the chairman of the committee and the rapporteur, we have not seen it yet."
Article 140 of the Constitution of the Republic of Iraq, the disputed areas of Iraq, is defined as "those that have been subjected to demographic change and arabization policy by the regime of the exterminator".
The article provided for a three-stage mechanism, the first (normalization), which means addressing changes in the demographics of Kirkuk and the disputed areas in and after the previous regime, and the second (population census) in those areas, and the last (referendum) to determine what its inhabitants want, before 31 December 2007.
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