[ltr]2023.02.07 - 12:38[/ltr]
Baghdad - people
The Federal Supreme Court decided, on Tuesday, to postpone the date of pleadings regarding the constitutionality of extending the term of the regional parliament.
Today (February 7, 2023), the Federal Court, headed by its president, Judge Jassim Muhammad Abboud, decided to postpone the date of pleading regarding the constitutionality of extending the work of the region’s parliament to March 15.
The Federal Supreme Court held a session today, Tuesday, to consider the decision to extend the work of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament.
Earlier, the legal advisor to the Kurdistan Region Parliament, Wria Saadi, revealed the boycott of the legal department in the Kurdistan Region Parliament, the sessions of the Federal Court.
Saadi said in a statement to the official website of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, affiliated with "Nass", (January 31, 2023), "With regard to the lawsuit filed regarding the extension of the life of Parliament, we, as a legal department in Parliament, will not deal with the Federal Court in any way and boycott the sessions."
He continued, "We will not participate in the court's pleadings, and by a decision of the Kurdistan Parliament, no lawyer attended the court session today, because we believe that the Federal Court has abandoned its legal and constitutional course and is more political than legal."
He continued, "Through the media, we learned that the issuance of the decision on the issue of extending the Kurdistan Parliament has been postponed to February 7."
He said, "It seems that all these decisions issued by the Federal Court are politicized," (commenting on the oil and gas law and extending the work of the Kurdistan Parliament).
Earlier, the Federal Supreme Court held its third session to decide on the unconstitutionality of extending the mandate of the Kurdistan Parliament, along with the presidency of the region and the government cabinet in Erbil.
Prosecutor Youssef Muhammad Sadiq, former deputy and former president of the Kurdistan Parliament, told "NAS" (January 31, 2023) that the defendants' representatives did not attend the session, claiming bad weather, so the Federal Supreme Court set February 7, 2023 to hold a public hearing in the case.
Sadiq added: We will continue to oppose the violation of the rights and freedoms of the Kurdish people and defend holding elections free from fraud and theft and away from armed intervention in resolving political disputes in the region.
Earlier, the media close to the President of the Kurdistan Region quoted judicial sources in Baghdad, the Federal Court judges directed towards considering the decision to extend the mandate of the Kurdistan Parliament, the presidency and the regional government with it for a year (Law 12/2022), an unconstitutional step.
According to the leaks of Kurdish sources that "NAS" followed up on (January 30, 2023), the judges of the Federal Court expressed their fear in the side deliberations that approving the extension of the Kurdistan Parliament would be a basis and argument in the future for similar efforts to extend the mandate of the Federal Parliament and parliamentary sessions, which endangers life. Iraqi democratic politics is in serious danger.
On the other hand, the Kurdish "Pay" Institute Observatory, which monitors the activities of the Kurdistan Parliament, quoted its sources as saying that the Presidency of the Kurdistan Parliament decided to boycott the sessions of the Federal Supreme Court on Tuesday as a protest against the court's recent decision against sending money to the Kurdistan Region.
Earlier, the Federal Supreme Court decided to postpone resolving the fate of the Kurdistan Parliament after it extended itself for a year and held a hearing to decide the case until January 31, 2023.
And the Federal Supreme Court published its decision (248/2022) regarding a lawsuit filed against the legitimacy of the Kurdistan Parliament after the extension for itself, which included a request to stop the parliament’s work according to a state order until the case is decided.
In the text of the decision, the court included a request to suspend the work of the Presidency of the House of Representatives until the final decision of the court regarding the lawsuit filed regarding the unconstitutionality of extending the House of Representatives.
The court justified its refusal to issue the state order by saying that the matter is not urgent and is interpreted as a preliminary decision on the main issue, which is the unconstitutionality of the law to extend the mandate of the Kurdistan Parliament, which was contested by the former deputy of the Parliament and the former speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament, Youssef Muhammad Sadiq.
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