SULAIMANI – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) fraction in the Iraqi parliament on Thursday (March 18) accused Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of undermining “Kurdish unity” by issuing a “unilateral” statement regarding the federal court law bill.
It slammed the KDP fraction in the Iraqi Council of Representatives for coming out of a consensus that the Kurdish sides have agreed on, saying it “cannot stand the consequences” that could flow from this.
“We saw a unilateral message at the media outlets from the KDP fraction which was issued regarding the federal court law bill without returning to the opinion of the Kurdish factions,” PUK fraction said in a statement.
“We announce from here, that this action by the KDP fraction is their preliminary stance to sideline Kurdish consensus and unity, for history, we cannot stand its consequences."
The KDP said in a statement to the Iraqi parliament presidency that it seeks the so-called “mutual principle, balance and consensus” in drafting the Federal Supreme Court Law.
“We remind our partners in the nation, that a mutual free peaceful life is the base for constitution, patriotic balance won’t happen by imposing wills and it may bring it to collapse,” the KDP fraction said.
Several lawmakers, especially from the minorities, activists and politician, have expressed opposition to the impending passage of the draft Federal Supreme Court Law, saying it breaches the constitution and may spur religious extremism.
Iraq’s Council of Representatives failed to hold a session scheduled for March 15 to put to vote the remaining articles within the bill.
According to the bill, the number of the members will be increased to 13 after adding two Shia and two Sunni jurists, as well as the 13-member committee can invite two legal experts in its sessions.
According to the contested law, no laws can be passed from the three Iraqi presidencies without two-thirds approval from the committee.