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Baghdad: Omar Abdul Latif
The previous sessions of the House of Representatives witnessed the many absences of dozens of elected representatives, and several of them did not appear except when taking the constitutional oath, without applying any punishment or exclusion from membership by the Presidency of the Parliament, but new independent MPs in the current fifth session vowed Inflicting the most severe penalties on their “absentee” colleagues, up to the point of dismissal from Parliament.
Independent member of parliament, Sajjad Salem, said in an interview: "The current parliament seeks to set disciplinary penalties that amount to fines, and then dismiss parliamentarians who are absent from sessions without an excuse, in addition to not being present and working in committees."
He added that "the internal system must be fully implemented in the current parliament, so that a state of discipline, responsibility and commitment to the oath that the members recited in the service of the citizen who brought them to Parliament to represent him would prevail."
And he indicated that “the distribution of members of Parliament among the committees and the start of their work will follow the formation of the government immediately, to avoid any delay that occurs in the discussion and maturation of laws, especially the important ones,” stressing that “the opposition will have an effective role, whether in the sessions or during the work of the committees.”
Salem warned that “political blocs offered the opposition bloc to boycott the first session in an attempt to break the quorum, but it refused because it was not part of any political consensus, and insisted on entering the session because it considers Parliament its real arena for citizen representation.”
The second paragraph of Article 18 of the bylaw of the House of Representatives states: “The Presidency, in the event of repeated absence without a legitimate excuse, five consecutive times or ten non-consecutive times during the annual session, may send a written warning to the absent member calling on him to commit to attendance, and in the event of His non-compliance with the Presidency presents the matter to the Council at the request of the Commission.” As for the third article, it states: “A certain percentage shall be deducted from the reward of a member of the House of Representatives in the event of his absence, determined by the Council.”
More than one parliamentary session witnessed the almost complete absence of the heads of the parties who were elected from attending the sessions of the House of Representatives, without taking any measures against them or replacing them with other members who can attend the sessions and vote on laws and others.
Editing: Muhammad Al-Ansari
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