The Presidency of the Republic responds to Al-Sadr: Barham Salih’s position is supportive of the Palestinian cause
A spokesman for the Presidency of the Republic said in a statement received by Shafak News Agency, "The Presidency of the Republic has previously received the draft law (criminalizing normalization with the Zionist entity) sent by the House of Representatives for the purpose of completing the procedures for its issuance and ratification and in accordance with the legal and constitutional mechanisms followed by the Presidency of the laws that legislate By the House of Representatives, and the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, had directed to deal with this law in the form sent by the House of Representatives without any notice, and it was published in the Iraqi Gazette on June 20, 2022 to enter into force.
He added, "In this regard, we affirm that the position of the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, as is well known, is a firm and supportive position for the Palestinian cause, the attainment of the full legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and the liberation of their homeland from the occupation of the Zionist entity. General of the United Nations.
Today, Tuesday, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, said that the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, refuses to ratify the law criminalizing normalization with Israel despite its legislation by the Iraqi parliament.
Al-Sadr added in a tweet he posted on the social networking sites "Twitter", "It is very, very shameful that the so-called President of the Republic of Iraq (Barham) refuses to sign the law (criminalizing normalization), so it is shameful for the people that their president is normalizing and unpatriotic, but rather subordinating to the West. and the East".
He added, "I absolve him of this crime before God and the Iraqi people, and I regret his candidacy for the presidency before and after."
At the end of last May, the Iraqi parliament sent the law "criminalizing normalization with Israel", which was recently initiated, to the Presidency of the Republic for the purpose of ratification.
Members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives voted in favor of a proposed law to “criminalize normalization” with Israel, a law proposed by the Sadr bloc and its former allies, the “Save a Homeland” alliance, which broke apart after al-Sadr withdrew from the political process.
The new law stipulates penalties, including life or temporary imprisonment, and aims, according to its first article, to "prevent the establishment of diplomatic, political, military, economic, cultural, or any other form of relations with the occupying Zionist entity."
Article 201 of the Iraqi Penal Code stipulates that anyone who promotes the principles of Zionism, including Freemasonry, or affiliates with any of its institutions, or helps them financially or morally, or works in any way to achieve its purposes, shall be punished with death.
Iraq does not establish any relations with Israel, and the government and the majority of political forces reject normalization with it.
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