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June 1, 2023[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Baghdad / Obelisk Al-Hadath: The Iraqi Supreme Federal Court issued a decision on Tuesday that it is unconstitutional to extend the work of the Parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan for an additional year, after it renewed for itself in the year 2022, considering that all decisions issued by it after that period are “invalid.”
According to readings, the new development will weaken the region's negotiating position with the central government regarding problematic files.
Sources told Obelisk that the court's decision will lead to delaying the settlement of many files, and discussions between the two sides will be postponed.
And the elections in the region raise disputes between the Kurdish components, in an unprecedented way.
Kurdish parties compete for political influence and power in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, including positions in the presidency, local government, and parliament. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) share participatory governance in the Kurdistan region, but there are tensions between them over the distribution of power and resources.
Kurdish forces accuse the Electoral Commission of being a creation of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and carrying out its orders.
On the other hand, sources in the Democratic Party accuse the Iraqi judiciary of turning into a biased political party.
And the Finance Committee in the Iraqi parliament voted to oblige the Kurdistan region to pay 10 percent monthly of the salaries deducted to its employees.
Last October, the region's parliament, consisting of 111 seats, extended its session for an additional year, postponing the elections that were supposed to take place in the same month, due to political disputes between the two major parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, over how to divide electoral districts.
After that, the elections were finally set for November 18, 2023.
And the President of the Federal Supreme Court, Judge Jassim Muhammad Abboud, announced that the court ruled by majority that the Law of the Continuation of the Fifth Session in the Parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan No. 12 of 2022 issued by the Parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan on October 9, 2022, is unconstitutional.
It follows that “considering the term of the fifth session of the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has ended with the end of the legal period specified for it,” and “considering everything that was issued by the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq after that legal period null from the constitutional point of view.”
This decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by opposition representatives in the regional parliament.
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