The “parliament incident” restores the political stalemate in Kurdistan
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Sulaymaniyah: Karim Al-Ansari
The clashes under the dome of the parliament of the Kurdistan region caused disappointment in the observing political circles, after a series of meetings and international diplomatic pressures, internally and externally, to push the elections in the region forward and dislodge the stalemate that hindered much to resolve the political crisis that has been going on for more than a year.
A spokesman for the Kurdistan Justice Group, Muhammad Hakim, said: "The reason for the disagreement between the Democratic Party and the Union is that the former stresses the need to leave the decision to the components, but the parliamentary components while maintaining the situation as it is."
Hakim explained to "Al-Sabah" that "in this way, the votes of the components will always remain on the Democratic side," noting that "in the end, the Union and Democratic parties will agree on the extension."
He added, "American pressure failed to move the partisan veto on holding elections on time within timings, recommendations, and mediations, and elections cannot be held under a full year extension."
In turn, Omar Abdullah Fattah, a member of the Parliament of the Kurdistan region, said that "the elections are very late, and are supposed to take place in October of the year 2022, but the parliamentary majority consisting of the two parties, the National Union and the Democratic Party, obstructed this and was postponed by a parliamentary decision that contradicts constitutional and legal principles."
Fattah pointed out, in an interview with "Al-Sabah", that "there are major differences between the two ruling parties over how to conduct elections, especially how to distribute quota seats for the Christian component and Turkmen nationalism." Everyone must work diligently to hold clean elections to the extent that the citizen sees whoever wins a parliamentary seat as his real deputy.
While the political advisor to the Speaker of the Kurdistan Region Parliament, Mahmoud Khoshnaw, stated that "Parliament extended its electoral session for two electoral terms, in a conditional and not arbitrary manner, in order to allow the political forces to amend the election law."
Khoshnaw added, to "Al-Sabah", that "the elections were supposed to take place on 6/11, and the fifth parliamentary session would end, but circumstances prevented that because there was no agreed-upon electoral law and the presence of an activated commission, so the political crisis exists," pointing out that " The political forces in Parliament submitted a draft law to Parliament to extend the parliamentary period for two electoral terms, conditioned on amending the election law.
The political advisor added, "The extended law comes to ensure that the elections will be held at a close date, and it will be in agreement on the electoral law, as it is not possible to hold elections according to the old law."
Edited by: Ali Abdel-Khalek
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