Iraqi parliament fails to approve provincial election bill
www.chinaview.cn 2008-08-06 23:02:12   Print

Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq

The Iraqi parliament failed to reach an agreement over a disputed provincial election bill.
The parliament concluded first legislative term and would resume sessions on Sept. 9.
The failure to pass the bill could delay the nationwide vote until next year.

    BAGHDAD, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi parliament speaker ended an emergency parliamentary session Wednesday after the political blocs failed to reach an agreement over a disputed provincial election bill.

    Parliament speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani said by the end of the 44th session on Wednesday, the parliament concluded its first legislative term and would resume sessions on Sept. 9.

    He urged all the political blocs to form a committee to continue negotiations over the election law under the supervision of the United Nations until they reach an accord.

    Mashhadani, however, said he would order an emergency session during the recess if the committee manages to reach a consensus.

    The decision to go to a recess came after the Iraqi political blocs failed to narrow their differences over the provincial election bill which stipulates a power-sharing formula in the northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk. The Kurds vehemently rejected it.

    On July 31, the parliament adjourned for a one-month summer recess, but agreed to hold a special session during the parliament break to try to resolve the impasse of the provincial election bill by approving a new or modified one.

    Electoral officials have said failure to pass the bill could delay the nationwide vote until next year.

    Earlier in the day, the parliament ratified a supplementary budget of 21 billion U.S. dollars which is roughly half of the 48-billion-dollar budget of 2008 approved earlier by the parliament. 

Iraqi parliament endorses supplementary budget

    BAGHDAD, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi parliament ratified a supplementary budget of 21 billion U.S. dollars on Wednesday amid dispute over a controversial provincial election law, official television reported.

    "The Iraqi lawmakers approved the supplementary budget for the current year in its session today," the state-run Iraqia TV said. Full story

Iraqi parliament fails to hold urgent session on provincial election bill

    BAGHDAD, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi parliament Sunday failed to hold an emergency session aimed at reaching an accord on key provincial election legislative bill, vetoed earlier by presidency council, a lawmaker said.

    "The emergency session scheduled to be held today has been adjourned until further notice," Salim al-Jubouri, spokesman of the Accordance Front, a major Sunni Arab bloc in the parliament, told Xinhua. Full story

Iraqi parliament approves key provincial election law

    BAGHDAD, July 22 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi parliament approved on Tuesday a key election bill, despite a walk-out by lawmakers from the Kurdish coalition bloc, Iraqi official television reported.

    The Iraqi state-run television said that the parliament passed the controversial bill in a closed-session. Full story

Iraqi president rejects provincial election law

    BAGHDAD, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has rejected the provincial election law that was passed by the parliament on Tuesday, his office said in a statement on Wednesday.

    "The president can not agree with a law that breach the principle of consensus among the interests of the three Iraqi components (Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds) and is a flagrant violation to the constitution," the statement said. Full story

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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