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'Illegal’ to ask for approvals from MPs for field visits, says PUK bloc

  2021-06-25  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A file photo of the Kurdistan Parliament building in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – It is illegal and unregulated to ask lawmakers for requesting approvals from the head of the committees and speaker to making field visits to the projects, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) bloc in the Kurdistan Parliament said on Friday (June 25).

In written document Zhyan News Network obtained a copy of it on Wednesday, the parliament’s presidency decided that on Monday that lawmakers are allowed onwards to do field trips to residential and service projects without previous permits from the chairs of the committees and the legislature’s residency.

The document was sent to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers to abide by it. 

“This written document is not substantiated in accordance with the Kurdistan Parliament’s by-laws,” the PUK bloc said in a statement. “Meanwhile, it is a blow and reduction to the dignity, duties and responsibly of parliamentary profession.”

The PUK bloc also further said that the new order is “unregulated and illegal whatever it has been done under any excuses and names,” calling on the parliament to cancel the new directive and send it to the KRG. 

“If you have any protect or reasons for issuing such a decision, you van form a parliamentary committee, do through investigation and follow-up in the framework of the by-laws and penalize any lawmaker if they have used the status and name of the parliament.”

The move is seen as a tool to put a cap on the freedom of the lawmakers to conduct fact-finding trips to projects when shortcomings are considered.  

The Kurdish legislature consists of 111 seats, when the last eleven seats are reserved for the monitories. 

(Zhyan English)