‘I was prevented by guards to enter parliament': MP
Head of the New Generation Movement caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament Kazim Faruq speaks to reporters near the Kurdistan Parliament, Erbil, the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 7, 2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network/ Screenshot
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Head of the New Generation Movement (Naway Nwe) caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament Kazim Faruq said on Wednesday (April 7) that he was not allowed to attend a session at the legislative voted to suspend him from attending next sessions for throwing shoes.
On March 31, the legislative voted (73-38)
in favor of spending the lawmaker to participate next sessions or to vote during plenary sessions, calling on him to apologize so that the decree will be revoked.
Faruq said at the time he threw his shoes in protest of the parliament’s “recklessness towards salary cuts and high unemployment rate.”
He said at a news conference that the policemen told him that he was not allowed to enter in accordance with a decision by the parliament’s presidency.
“It is not legal to bar me from entering the parliament because I am a representative of people and came here through people’s votes,” he said.
“According to the decision of the parliament’s previous session, it says I am not allowed to attend the sessions, not entering the parliament or the blocs’ room.”
He also rejected to apologize, as claimed he was suspended on “demands and defending of people.”