Inside Iraqi politics – Part 5. A look at legislative progress: Sunnis’ and states’ rights




  • Marlin says:

    Bill –
    According to an article at Voices of Iraq, some of the Shiite members of Parliament were ‘shocked’ to have Provincial Government and Elections law returned to them. However, they seem amenable to working out the differences and resubmitting it to the Presidential Council.

    “The Presidential Council’s veto is a clear hampering of the parliament’s efforts to enact laws,”

  • Bill A says:

    Do you believe it will take an extended period of time to reconcile these differences or do you feel it can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time?
    A lot of that depends on what the real agendas of some of the parties are, and I cannot claim to know that for sure. For example, if the provision that allows the federal government to fire governors is compromised on (eliminated or changed to make it more difficult) and that is really the main concern of the Kurdish and/or ISCI portions of the alliance, it could get passed. If ISCI is dead set against the Act because it will hasten elections and they fear the Sadrists, that could pose a more serious challenge if the Kurds continue their pact with them.
    And what significantly causes a problem is that for the same law to be passed with revisions, they will need 2/3 approval instead of a simple majority. Given that it only passed 82-82 … it’s pretty tough.
    But fundamentally, it’s less concerning that they will take time to hash out a difficult issue like federalism than the fact that provincial powers act was seen as a precondition for elections law and elections. If elections can still go forward this fall as some lawmakers are promising, then I think this will be ok. If not, it’s a big problem.
    Look closely at news on elections progress over the next couple of months: drafting law, setting them up, etc.

  • Kirk Sowell says:

    I agree – for the Kurds the only issue is federal v. provincial authority, whereas the Supreme Council has every interest to keep trying to stymie the local election process. Since the Sadrists boycotted the previous elections, the Supreme Council has a hugely disproportionate share of the provincial governorships (seven of nine).
    Getting this amended could be difficult, because the general reaction from the other factions – the Sadrists, Dawa and the Sunnis – is that of betrayal, and could have repercussions beyond the fortunes of this law.
    Sadrist Consider Veto of Provincial Law ‘Violation of Political Agreement’ and Accord Predicts Repassage, Voices of Iraq
    Parliamentary Factions and Parties Accuse Hakim of Preventing Provincial Elections, al-Hayat
    Although, as the Accord rep says, they can probably repass it, they would still need to get it through the presidency. And one key issue is that Hakim’s party has disproportionate control of the process beyond their 30 seats because they are essential for Maliki to remain prime minister. The article from al-Hayat also qoated Maliki has giving some boilerplate speech in Karbala about how reconciliation had been acheived in Iraq, but of course not addressing this issue.

  • the us need to unify the kurds, sunni and shite, just a though on Iraq and the Taliban, they killing 2 birds with one stone


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