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Today, Saturday, the Parliamentary Legal Committee revealed a move within the House of Representatives to legislate the Federal Court Law, while showing that two main points impede its legislation.
Committee member Raed Al-Maliki said in a press interview seen by Taqaddam, that “there is a movement within the House of Representatives to legislate the Federal Court Law, and what happened in the previous session is an amendment to Law No. In the event that the federal government issued a decision affecting one of the political parties because a law of its own was not enacted.
And the Iraqi Council of Representatives (parliament) voted in its previous session, in March of the year 2021, to amend the Federal Court Law by a majority of its members, after it failed to mobilize the necessary support to pass a new law for the court.
Al-Maliki added, "There are two main points that delay the enactment of a new law for the Federal Court. The first is related to the role of Islamic jurisprudence experts and their method of work, and the second point is voting on decisions within the court unanimously or by a two-thirds majority."
And he indicated, "The Kurdish parties demand that the vote on the decisions be unanimous, but the other parties refuse this and want to keep the internal voting as it is now."
The differences between the political blocs over the past period with regard to the Federal Court law focused on granting seats to Islamic law jurists from the Shiite and Sunni sects in the Federal Court and giving them the power to vote on decisions.
Disagreements also took place over the voting mechanism in the Federal Court, whether unanimity is required to pass decisions or a simple majority.
And the Kurdistan Regional Government announced in early November that the agreement concluded between the Iraqi political blocs, which resulted in the formation of the current federal government headed by Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani, stipulates the enactment of three important laws: the oil and gas law, the Federal Court law, and the law Federal Service Council, within a maximum period of 6 months.
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