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Kurdish MP suspended for throwing shoes at parliament presidency

  2021-03-31  | 
 Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The Kurdistan Parliament suspended on Wednesday (March 31) a lawmaker from attending parliamentary sessions for throwing shoes, seeking his apology.

The parliament voted 73-38 to punish head of New Generation Movement (Naway Nwe) block and lawmaker Kazim Faruq, banning him to take part in parliamentary debates or to vote during plenary sessions.

The speaker of Kurdistan Parliament Rewaz Fayaq said that Kazim Faruq “was directed” by his party’s leader to hurl “a pair of prepared shoes,” describing the incident as “disrespectful act.”

“For the sake that Kazim Faruq would not be considered a hero and the general opinion shall be aware, he has not thrown his shoes at the parliament presidency, but he threw his shoes and fell them in front of himself,” said the speaker of Kurdistan Parliament Rewaz Fayaq.

During a press conference, Faruq said he threw his shoes in protest of the parliament’s “recklessness towards salary cuts and high unemployment rate.” 

Kurdish lawmakers convened to finish first second readings of three bills and draft laws regarding the “protection of local products,” “import and sale of oil products” and water conservation.

(Zhyan English)