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Political parties support parliamentary system for Kurdistan Region

  2021-05-27  | 
 Zhyan News Network
The model of an aeroplane decorates a square near Erbil’s International airport in the capital of Iraq’s autonomous northern Kurdish region on April 15, 2021. (AFP)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Region’s large parties reiterated their call that the Region’s constitution should be drafted based upon parliamentary system as it attempts have failed to write a permanent constitution for the Kurdistan Region for years. 

It comes in article 120 of Iraq’s constitution that each region including the Kurdistan Region can have its own constitution, stipulating that it should not be against the Iraqi permanent constitution.

The political parties have been meeting and trying to draft a constitution to be voted in a public referendum since 2005, but to no avail.

Secretary of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Leadership Council Farid Asasard said his party back up a parliamentary system.

“We have the same previous stance that we think the best system for the Kurdistan Region is the system Iraq has, which is parliamentary and it will be a perfect thing,” Asasard told Voice of America (VOA). “It will be an inconvenient if the ruling system is incompatible with the central system.” 

Hoshyar Omar, the organizer of the Change Movement’s (Gorran)Diplomatic Relations Room, said it is important the would-be constitution should separate the legislative and executive authorities and showed his party’s objection to a constitution led to the creation of a despotic ruler. 

“We want to have a modern constitution that match with today’s freedom and progress and guarantee the overall rights, and a civil and political freedom for all the Kurdistan people,” Omar told VOA. 

The Gorran official said there are pressures on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) regarding the state of freedom of the press and expression. 

“I can say the international community especially the US, France, UK and Germany and the democratic countries are irritated with dealing with this corrupt system that violate the freedom, the non-unification of the Peshmerga force,” he said. 

Jafar Iminki, the member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Political Bureau, the draft constitution was prepared in 2009 and passed in the Kurdistan Parliament at the time, but it failed to be voted in a referendum. 

Iminki said that an advisory constitutional committee will be formed in June at the Kurdistan Presidency to coordinate the talks on the draft. 

The KDP official also said that his party support that the Kurdistan Region president should be selected in a public election rather than in the Kurdistan legislature. 

Muhammad Hakim, the spokesperson for Kurdistan Justice Group, said the draft constitution should be written compatible with the provision of Islam. 

“It had better the constitution should be written through agreements and should not be passed with the majority parliament,” Hakim stated. 

(Zhyan English)